THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Feeding Hungry Minds
We all know that hungry children cannot learn effectively. The majority of Good Hope Seminary Junior School learners live a great distance from the city of Cape Town, in areas as far afield as Khayelitsha, Philippi or Delft. Here children must wake at perhaps 4.30 am to leave by ‘taxi’ for the city by 5.30am. This is often too early for them to eat, even if there is sufficient food for them at home. The hour long journey into the city is stressful. Even if they do eat before leaving home, the children are hungry by 8am when they are expected to start learning.
The Breakfast Club was born to address the concern that sleepy, passive children gave their educators. In February 2016, with the full support of the principal, Adrienne Millner, Aletta Ashmore (Learning Support Educator) and Patsy Bagraim (Shine volunteer) started a pilot scheme to feed 75 Grade 1’s’. The Breakfast Club at Good Hope Seminary Junior School today feeds a healthy E’pap, milk and fruit breakfast to over 400 Grade R – Grade 7 learners each school morning.