Appetite to Achieve
Research shows a definite link between nutritious breakfasts and students' performance, behaviour and attitude in schools. Children who eat a healthy, balanced diet are more energetic, have longer attention spans and better problem-solving skills. Children who are hungry simply cannot learn to the best of their ability.
Since 1998, our district has been involved with the Breakfast for Learning Program, a national non-profit program whose mission is to ensure all children and youth in Canada attend school well nourished, improving their ability to learn, giving them the best chance of success in life. We joined this program in 1998 with one elementary school. By 2006, 11 of our schools were offering the program. Changes in the funding eligibility led us to start our own breakfast program, Appetite to Achieve.
Where we are today
Through Appetite to Achieve, we provide breakfast, snacks or lunches to more than 250 students each school day. This has been funded through school funds, recycling, school concessions and community partnerships. To continue this vital program, we need support.
We are excited to announce that the Saint City Rotary has joined us as a major program sponsor for the next three years. They will be supporting the program with donations of $5,000 a year for the next three years, Below, representatives of the Saint City Rotary Ross Algar and Gerry Mazur present Associate Superintendent Marianne Barrett and Board Vice Chair Cheryl Dumont with a cheque for this year's donation.
Salvation Army (through a grant they rec'd called Feed the Lambs, they are providing pre-packaged breakfasts for elementary students in need this year)
For more information or to make a donation to support this program, please contact Marianne Barrett at 780.460.3712.