Breakfast program feeds student minds
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Bryan lives out of town, which means catching an early bus to get to school.
Breakfast is often the last thing on her mind , but luckily Stanthorpe State High School runs breakfast every Monday and Wednesday, meaning Jade doesn’t have to head to class hungry.
She’s one of up to 15 kids who turn up to the program each week.
Organiser and teacher Kaylah Adams said Jade’s story was common for students relying on the breakfast.
“We do have a lot of kids who travel from Texas, from Tenterfield, so even if those kids have breakfast before they get on the bus they’re hungry by the time they get here,” she said.
Ms Adams said she saw a difference in the students when they had eaten breakfast.
“Not only can they concentrate better but, particularly for the teenage boys, they get a bit
‘hangry’, so when they’ve had breakfast they’re a lot easier to deal with.”
The program, which has run for seven years, is funded by the school chaplaincy program with donations from Community Development Services, National Bank of Australia and the community.
BREAKFAST CLUB: Milo and cereal are favourites for Kalyah Adams, school prefect Stacey De Re, Nickholas McCullagh and Jade Bryan.