Breakfast programme takes off
In the South
A programme to provide breakfast to school children is going strong at one Invercargill school.
Te Wharekura o Arowhenua adopted the KickStart breakfast in schools scheme for three days a week and after government funding last year, upgraded to five days a week.
The school teaches pupils from years 1 to 13.
Last year, principal Arnu Wainui said there were children from six families in need of help.
The school had gone back to breakfast three days a week because they were unable to maintain volunteer numbers, she said.
However, the scheme was still going strong at the school.
''The kids are more alert,'' she said.
The children are lining up in the morning for breakfast and attendance has improved, she said.
''They are fired up and ready to learn.''
The scheme is government funded and run by Fonterra and Sanitarium.
Other schools in Invercargill doing the breakfast scheme include Fernworth Primary, Ruru Special School, Aurora College, New River Primary, Newfield Park School, Aurora College and Southland Adventist Christian School.
Most mornings the children at breakfast club are given toast and milk.
''Some children would have a lot of trouble if we didn't have breakfast in schools,'' Ms Wainui said.
- The Southland Times