Published on October 09, 2013
C.C. Loughlin teacher Monica Coffin had a dish of fruit and yogurt ready to hand out to Grade 2 student Hannah Callahan, 7, after the Kids Eat Smart Walk to Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.
Published on October 09, 2013
Nine-year-old Emma Mahoney, a Grade 4 student at C.C. Loughlin, proudly carried the Kids Eat Smart Walk to Breakfast banner while walking to school on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.
CORNER BROOK — As she watched a group students fill up the multi-purpose room at C.C. Loughlin on Wednesday morning, Rosemarie Bennett talked about school’s breakfast club.
“I think years ago it had started out to help children who were coming to school with no breakfast, to supply them with full bellies to help them learn,” said Bennett, the school’s social worker. “But as you can see we have a mix of all of our children at our school. So it’s become a place where children can interact.”
She said it’s a happy and safe environment where the children can make new friendships.
“So when they go to class they have full bellies and they’re leaving on a positive note.”
Eleven-year-old Jenna Leyte doesn’t like being alone in the morning, so the breakfast club is the perfect spot for her.
“I like talking to my friends when I’m eating breakfast,” said the Grade 6 student.
Leyte said she found the breakfast club when she was in Grade 4 and has been going to it once or twice a week ever since. Especially on those mornings when she’s a little slow getting ready for school.
“Sometimes I get hungry in the morning and their food is really good here,” Leyte said. “I really enjoy it. There’s a lot of choices.”
Volunteers serve anywhere from 30 to 60 children a day at the breakfast club. Among the group partaking of Wednesday morning’s offerings of toast, bagels, juice, cereal, fruit and yogurt were about 20 children who had just completed the Kids Eat Smart Walk to Breakfast.
Bennett helped organize the event in conjunction with the WestRock Community Centre. The children who joined in the walk from the centre to the school all attend the afterschool program there. The centre runs a Kids Eat Smart snack club as part of its program.
Bennett said the walk is something the school has taken part in for at least the past four years.
“And it’s to bring attention to our breakfast program, breakfast programs across the province, and the good work that it does for the children,” Bennett said.
Victoria White is the Kids Eat Smart Foundation’s program development co-ordinator for the west coast. She said the Walk to Breakfast, sponsored by TD Canada Trust, is just one event taking place across the province for Kids Eat Smart Week.
“It’s a time for kids to celebrate their club, for the community to recognize Kids Eat Smart, to fundraise and for them to get a bit of physical activity before they eat a healthy breakfast,” White said.
She said 100 schools in the province will hold walks.