Feeding the future
STUDENTS at Emerald State High don’t just have an appetite for learning but an appetite for breakfast, which was the reason for starting the Breakie Club.
Breakie Club was started a few years ago by the school nurse when she noticed kids were coming to school without breakfast.
Chaplains then took over and were able to build relationships with the students through the program.
Emerald State High School Chaplain, Tanya Gullo, runs Breakie Club every Thursday morning for an hour, feeding students breakfast while chatting with them.
“Breakie Club’s aim is to connect with students and a great way to connect to them is through free food,” she said.
“It saves them from organising breakfast at home and helps with their learning by eating a good breakfast.
“The P and C funds it and we are very grateful for that.
“We do a variety every week; we serve pancakes, fruit and yoghurt, bacon and eggs and sausage sizzle.
“We mix it up to keep them coming and interested.”
Tanya said the Breakie Club fed about 100 students each week with the help of volunteers from community organisations.
“It’s also a way for them to be able to see the services available to them in the community like the Red Cross, Anglicare, Central Highlands Regional Council and Harvest Life Christian Church,” she said.
“For the volunteers, it is a good chance – really their only chance – for them to come into the school and make connections and for students to know there are people out there to help them.”
Breakie Club also works on improving students’ manners and Tanya said at first, the manners were “not to a good standard and kids were unappreciative”.
That problem was solved when members of the student council did a skit on school parade about showing good manners.
“Ever since then the culture’s changed and their manners are better.”
“Breakie Club’s aim is to connect with students and a great way to connect to them is through free food.”
Emerald State High School Chaplain, Tanya Gullo