‘Walk for Breakfast’ raises funds for school breakfast program
Community support keeps program running at Lakeside Academy
Lakeside Academy in Buchans has a population of 75 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and serves Buchans, Buchans Junction and Millertown.
The students, along with teachers, support staff and some parents, took to the streets Sept. 27, fulfilling their promise to walk when pledges were collected earlier in the school year.
The fundraising event, called “Walk to Breakfast,” was in support of the school’s breakfast program and raised $1,719.
Grade 1 student Haylee Blundon of Millertown collected the most sponsor money.
It was a chilly morning but the enthusiastic group walked from their school up and down several streets until they arrived at the Buchans Lions Playground. Then it was back to school for a grab-and-go breakfast.
This school year the regular breakfast program will be served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the grab-and-go breakfast will happen Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“Two days a week we have volunteers come in to do a hot breakfast and three days a week we do a ‘grab and go,’” said school secretary Rose Cranford.
“Everything else is still there if they want it,” she said, “but Tuesdays we have a selection of waffles, pancakes, cereals and toast, and Thursdays we have fruit smoothies.”
Along with the money the school raised, the Kids Eat Smart Foundation (KES) will the amount, Cranford added.
“They won’t send us a cheque for that but if we run out of funds during the year, it’s there.”
Cranford doesn’t think the school will need to request more funding since people support the school breakfast program on a regular basis.
A “breakfast blitz” sponsored by the KES Foundation will be held in November and March of this school year.
“We will put up the posters (advertising the blitz)” Cranford said. “But lots of times throughout the year people will bring in boxes of cereal and cases of juice.”
Cranford noted Lakeside Academy’s breakfast program runs into additional costs associated with delivering the breakfasts. The school’s kitchen is small compared to other schools and doesn’t have cupboard capacity or a dishwasher for cleanup each day.
As a result, paper/Styrofoam dishes are used when they serve the meals.
Volunteers arrive at the school approximate 8:15 a.m. to begin preparations. Most of them are retirees and their help is appreciated.
“A lot of them are retired,” Cranford says. “They don’t have children in school — they are doing it because they want to do it.”
At the end of their Sept. 27 “Walk to Breakfast,” students, teachers and support staff gathered at the Lions Club Community Playground. The group raised $1,719 for their breakfast program by collecting pledges.
Students, teachers and support staff from Lakeside Academy in Buchans took to the streets for their “Walk to Breakfast” event Sept. 27 to raise money for the school’s breakfast program.