Ron Brent Elementary principal Carmen Eberle had a message for the students having breakfast in the school’s meal room Monday morning.
“This is starting in January for all the classes in the school,” she told the class of Grade 1 students. “We’re offering a free breakfast every morning from 8:15 to 8:30. If you’re late getting to school, you can come by the office and get a slip, and you can still get breakfast.”
Then she talked about some of the other people in the room.
“I started talking with Robin (Ryan) from the Breakfast Club of Canada over the summer. They made it possible for us to have a brand-new stove in the kitchen, which we can use not just for the breakfast program, but for the lifeskills program we have at the school.”
The school will also soon have a machine to make smoothies, giving students one more healthy choice to start the morning.
Afterwards, she said that having a good breakfast means so much to the learning process for the students.
“You talk to their teachers, and when they come to class having a good breakfast, they are more attentive, they’re ready to work more.”
When Ryan spoke to the students, he gave them a quick rundown on what the breakfast would be.
“I know you’re very hungry, so today we have pickles and olives for breakfast.”
He was quick to assure the students that, in fact, they would be served pancakes.
Kiel Giddens of TransCanada, which provided the funding to the Breakfast Club for the program, said his company was “excited to be part of a program like this.”
The funding provided will see the program offered at Ron Breant for three years. It has also allowed the Breakfast Club to start similar programs at schools in Vanderhoof, Terrace and Port Edward.