Spotswood kids spoilt for choice at free breakfast
Crumpets, cornflakes, two fruit, yoghurt and juice were the order of the day when all 300 pupils at Spotswoods Primary School were treated to a free breakfast on Thursday morning.
The mega brekkie was made possible by the Spotswood Countdown crew who put their hands up as a friendly gesture to their neighbouring school.
Spoilt for choice, the kids were all smiles when they tucked into the breakfast in their classrooms.
For Jesse James Boon the breakfast delivery ticked all his hunger buster boxes. The five-year-old had said "no" to his usual breakfast at home that morning because he wanted to save his appetite for breakfast at school.
"I luff luff luff yoghurt it's the best - and the juice," he said. He and his fellow room fivers were surprisingly sophisticated breakfast diners which in turn saw the breakfast given a huge thumbs up from the teachers too.
While half the fun was in the eating, the rest was the anticipation as the excited youngsters braved the morning's chill to collect their meals outside the school hall.
For many the waiting got too much and they snuck spoonfuls of their cornies in a cup while walking single-ish file back to class.
For principal Mark Fisher, the generous gesture by the supermarket team a few doors down from his school was gratefully appreciated. Fisher said this was one of countless ways it had supported the school.
"We have a great relationship, they're always quick to support us. The food for our last Marae based trip was heavily discounted, they donate food for our weekly breakfast club, I could go on," Fisher said.
"We've hosted in-store breakfasts on a smaller scale for the students in the past, and they've proved really popular. So, we thought we'd take it to them this time around," said Deli manager Lee-Anne Pratt.
Many of the school's parents shop at the supermarket and "we wanted to give back", said Pratt.
Pratt said the weather didn't dampen the spirits of her team who set to packing the 300 meals into individual bags, as well as buttering 300 crumpets and pouring the same of cornflakes and milk into cups.
Pratt said the day was a real community effort with support from Countdown suppliers including Goodman Fielder and Button Family Crumpets.