Kiwanis International - NZSP Division One (Auckland & Vanuatu)
Drury Club sponsors the Angel Light Breakfast Club
Stella Penn - Kiwanis Club of Drury Publicity Officer
BREAKFAST IN SCHOOLS
THE NEED: Many children are sent to
school without breakfast. These children not only have difficulties with
concentration and learning but are often disruptive in class which in
turn affects the other pupils.
THE PLAN: A local church set up a
program called Angel Light Breakfast Club, selecting two
schools in the poorer part of Papakura. THE KIWANIS CLUB OF DRURY was
happy to become involved and to provide volunteers as well as financial
THE BREAKFAST: The children are
offered cereal with milk, toast with a choice of spreads and hot cocoa.
Sometimes muesli bars are also available. All foods are either donated
or purchased with monetary donations and the organisers have become
adept at sourcing product such as quantities of sliced bread from bakery
over-runs which are stored in freezers around the district for future use.
THE BENEFITS: Feedback from the
schools has been very encouraging with the following comments:
Improved behaviour in class with better concentration which in
turn benefits the other pupils.
The social benefits of sitting around a table with other children
and the interaction with adult volunteers.
The table etiquette which is expected of the children and the
requirement to take their dishes to the kitchen when finished may
be the only such training some of these children may receive.
DONATIONS: Families are invited to
make a small donation which is used at the end of the term to purchase a box of
groceries to be given to a needy family at the discretion of the school. The children
then feel that they are helping others too.