Primary school children are being given a kick-start to their day with a nutritious breakfast, thanks to the help of two Coventry-based housing associations and the Greggs Foundation.
Whitefriars Housing and Orbit Heart of England have joined forces to fund a Breakfast Club at Stanton Bridge Primary School in Coventry. The club is supported by the Greggs Foundation, which has set up over 280 Breakfast Clubs across the country. By co-ordinating the start up process, securing funding from partners and providing fresh bread from its local shops, the Greggs Foundation ensures that Breakfast Clubs are free of charge for all children to attend.
Whitefriars and Orbit Heart of England have each pledged £1,750 to keep the club at Stanton Bridge Primary running for two years. This has provided the school with essential start-up equipment and enables it to offer children a selection of breakfast choices including cereal, yoghurts and fruit juices.
It is hoped that the Breakfast Club, which will run from 8am until 8.40am every school day, will bring a range of benefits to both pupils and parents. It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children by providing them with a hearty breakfast before school. Parents will also be given the chance to get involved with the club, enabling them to improve relations with school staff and develop new skills.
Ravinder Kaur, Community Cohesion Manager at Whitefriars, said: “As an organisation, we are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. Through our work with the Greggs Foundation and Orbit Heart of England, we can really make a difference to the everyday lives of children at Stanton Bridge School.”
Thuhel Abul, Learning Mentor at Stanton Bridge Primary, added: “This initiative has been driven by our desire to ensure that our pupils are ready for the start of the school day. We have already noticed improved attendance and punctuality and pupils are more focused and alert in lesson. Pupils also get the opportunity to develop relationships with children from different years. It’s nice to see our Year 6 pupils interacting with Years 1 to 3 during break times.”
“We would like to thank Whitefriars, Orbit Heart of England and the Greggs Foundation and look forward to continuing our work with them.”
Roger Whiteside, Greggs Chief Executive, commented: “The Greggs Foundation’s Breakfast Club Programme is a shining example of how responsible businesses can make a difference to the local communities in which they operate.
“Our commitment to this scheme is deep rooted and I would like to take this opportunity to both thank our existing partners and encourage prospective partners to get involved as we expand to 300 clubs by the end of the year.”