Sammy Wilson, MP for East Antrim, has congratulated schools from N.I. who won awards in the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club competition. After meeting children from St Kevin’s in Belfast and Brownlow integrated school in Craigavon in the House of Commons Sammy Wilson said that he was pleased at the number of Breakfast clubs organised in schools across N.I.
Eighty percent of all schools hold such clubs, children pay a small amount each day usually 20p and are guaranteed that they can start the school day having had something to eat. For many from low income families this opportunity is important.
Parents have also given their support to the clubs. 53% of parents believe that their children benefit from not having a rushed breakfast and 27% of working parents said that without the breakfast club they would have to give up work. The clubs also save families money 18% of parents with more than one child in a club said that the club saved them up to £50 every week.
Participating schools have indicated that the provision has improve attendance, behaviour, concentration and results so there are real educational as well as health benefits. These clubs require dedication from staff both teaching and ancillary staff and I am pleased that there is such a high uptake amongst schools in East Antrim and across N.I.
The winning schools were given £1500 to plow back into school equipment. I would encourage more schools to enter the awards competition next year. Apart from the recognition the staff and school get, there is the financial rewards and a nice day in London for the chosen children.