A good start to the day

FREE BREAKFAST: Ready to serve students at the breakfast programme are Ashburton College students Darcy McCully (left) and Ella Rickard. Photo supplied.
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Ashburton College has been running a free breakfast initiative since the start of the school year out of its canteen.

The school has partnered with the KickStart Breakfast Programme, a nationwide joint initiative between Fonterra, Sanitarium and the Ministry of Social Development.

The objective is to provide food for students who, for whatever reason, don’t manage to eat breakfast before they go to school, to enable them to focus better on learning and achieve to the best of their abilities.

Every weekday the service is provided from 8:30am to 8:45am, offering Weet-Bix and milk, toast with various spreads, and even muesli bars on some days.

As part of their assessments, students in a year 11 foundation class need to perform community projects. This term they have been making the muesli bars out of the Weet-Bix.

Year 13 student Ella Rickard is the senior student organising the breakfast. Students throughout the school put their name down to volunteer in the morning; two prepare and serve the food each day.

Ella said there had not been a lot of students taking up the offer of a free breakfast in term 1. So, from the start of this term, hot chocolates and some other new breakfast items were added, ‘‘which have proven to be a hit and we now have a steady flow of students coming for breakfast’’.

The school plans to run the initiative until the end of the year.