Breakfast Clubs foster success in the classroom

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RESEARCH highlights that children who eat a healthy breakfast have improved capacity for learning, information recall and concentration levels.

School Breakfast Clubs are one of the methods used to ensure students are achieving their best in the classroom and in the playground.

“Breakfast can improve behaviours and mood – children have more focus and are not irritable or hungry,” Member for Elwick and Shadow Minister for Education and Early Years Josh Willie said.

“As a former teacher, I have seen firsthand how these factors are so crucial in achieving success in the classroom.”

Mr Willie recently volunteered at the Bowen Road Primary School Breakfast Club, which relies on donations to cater for approximately 20 students a day.

Without backing from the community, it would be a challenge to operate the program on a regular basis.

The school is particularly thankful for the generosity and support given by St Anne’s Church Group and Foodbank Tasmania.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, working on the front line to feed vulnerable Australians.

As the cost of living and rent rise, food insecurity is deepening, affecting one in five Tasmanians in the past year.

Foodbank’s latest ‘Hunger Report 2019’ showed an 18 per cent increase in Tasmanians seeking food assistance, with 40 per cent more food required to meet demand.

“No parent wants their children to start the school year feeling isolated or left out because they don’t have a decent uniform or can’t afford sport, let alone going without a healthy meal,” Mr Willie said.

“Tasmanian students deserve every opportunity to achieve the best learning outcomes.”

Caption: Member for Elwick Josh Willie with Bowen Road Primary School students, from left, Jacob, Dustin, Ashanti and Tekye.

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