‘Walk for Break­fast’ raises funds for school break­fast pro­gram

Com­mu­nity sup­port keeps pro­gram run­ning at Lake­side Academy

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY PAULINE DEAN SPECIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

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.

PHOTO BY PAULINE DEAN

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.

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