Students snag morning boost at breakfast club
THREE hundred and sixty sausages and 24 loaves of bread later, Clinton State School students' bellies are full.
The Breaky Club, an Anglican Church volunteer group, visits the school every Tuesday to cook a sausage sizzle for about 300 students who skip breakfast or need a boost.
Clinton State School acting principal Heidi James said the weekly visit was a blessing for the school.
"These guys are just amazing. Without fail they are here every week," she said.
"For single parents who work, they don't have that pressure to feed the kids. They know they can send their kids to school and they will have a full tummy."
Mrs James said waiting until the first lunch break could be difficult for some students.
"Some children wake up at 6am and have food but then don't eat until our first break at 10.45am," she said.
"The sausages help them to concentrate, and you notice the difference (in their attention span) when they don't eat well."
First-time volunteer Janie Peterson thoroughly enjoyed her first Breaky Club experience on Tuesday.
"It's nice to reach out to the kids and smile," she said.
The Breaky Club also visits Calliope, Mt Larcom and Gladstone Central state schools.
Year 7 student Mitchell Porteous lines up with the rest of the students.
He values the Anglican Church's generosity.
"I look forward to it," he said. "It's good because if there's any kids in poverty they can have a quick breakfast here."
Mitchell said he had more energy after a sausage.
Breaky Club co-ordinator Kerry Yates said knowing the students were happy and healthy was satisfying.
"To feed a third of the 800 students here is the recipe," she said.
"With two parents working and the kids not making themselves breakfast, it's good to know somebody is giving them a sausage and telling them they have a nice smile.
"We love it and we do whatever we can for the kids."
WHY IS BREAKFAST IMPORTANT?
- Skipping breakfast can make you tired, restless or irritable.
- Choosing breakfast foods rich in wholegrains, fibre and protein boost attention spans, concentration and memory.
- Breakfast kickstarts the body's metabolism.