Positive vibes fill the air as students, staff and parents flow into the free Breakfast Club provided at Campbellfield Public School.
Every morning, students eagerly await for the 8:30am bell to signify the start of Breakfast Club.
Campbellfield Public School first opened their Breakfast Club as a four-week pilot program with Foodbank NSW in term four 2017.
During this period, the Breakfast Club peaked with 600 breakfasts being served to the school community of 260 students.
The initiative was highly successful with a total of 1852 breakfasts being provided across term four.
“The school was looking for opportunities to connect with non for profit organisations to enhance community partnerships” Ms Sam Hyratt the Parents and Citizens Association President stated.
The idea of starting a Breakfast Club fit this vision whilst having the benefits of providing students with the most important meal of the day.
Staff at the school have observed that students now begin the day feeling much happier with full bellies ready to learn.
The students are gaining a greater understanding of health and nutrition.
“The Student Representative Council are involved in setting up and packing away Breakfast Club, as well as serving toast, cereals and fruits,” principal Nicole Wade said.
“We have seen the confidence of these students soar as they develop communication and interpersonal skills,” Ms Hyratt said.
“Foodbank NSW has allowed us to reach out and do more for our community.
“There is a team of parents who willingly volunteer their time to support our students and families.
“We have been able to offer food relief with a touch of love and comfort to all of our families, particularly those in need.”
The whole school community was proud to showcase Breakfast Club to Foodbank’s general executive manager John Robertson and food supply development officer Ben Cox on Wednesday.
Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong was also in attendance.
“As a principal I couldn’t be any prouder of the parents and student leaders involved in this great initiative,” Ms Wade said.
“Their generosity extends beyond belief in an effort to provide only the best for our students and their families.
“They are the beating heart of our community.”
The Campbellfield Public School community looks forward to continuing this partnership with Foodbank NSW to give their students the best start to the school day.