Let the break­fast clubs be­gin

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL -

As the vol­un­teer chair of the Kids Eat Smart (KES) Foun­da­tion New­found­land and Labrador, board of di­rec­tors, I am al­ways amazed at the im­pact our 248 KES clubs through­out the prov­ince have on our school-aged chil­dren.

Prin­ci­pals con­tin­u­ally tell us that they see many pos­i­tive changes in the cli­mate of their schools be­cause of their break­fast clubs.

Teach­ers re­port bet­ter be­haved chil­dren, in­creased at­ten­dance rates and more fo­cus on learn­ing be­cause chil­dren are not com­ing into the class­room hun­gry.

To en­sure all kids can reap the ben­e­fits of the break­fast club, some vol­un­teers even stay be­hind af­ter the bell rings to en­sure that break­fast is avail­able to any child who ar­rives late.

Ev­ery school day, with the help of 6,100 vol­un­teers and fi­nan­cial sup­port from the govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador, our gen­er­ous donors, part­ners and cor­po­rate spon­sors, we serve more than 25,000 meals to school-aged chil­dren and youth through­out New­found­land and Labrador.

That is quite an ac­com­plish­ment and we are truly thank­ful to all who give so gen­er­ously to make this hap­pen.

The new school year is upon us. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to serve the chil­dren of our prov­ince en­sur­ing ev­ery child has ac­cess to healthy food at school, at no cost to chil­dren or their fam­i­lies, so they are well nour­ished and ready to learn.

We can only do this with the sup­port of our gen­er­ous donors and ded­i­cated vol­un­teers; we look for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful school year.

Sin­cerely,

Gerry Mayo

Chair, Board of Di­rec­tors, Kids Eat Smart Foun­da­tion New­found­land and Labrador

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