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PRESS RELEASE – It is often said that a “good breakfast a day keeps the doctor away…” A healthy and hearty breakfast is important for everyone, and especially children and adolescents.
According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.
“The right breakfast foods can help you concentrate, give you strength and even help you maintain a healthy weight,” says Kathleen M Zelman, MPH, RD, LD.
With these sentiments in mind, several students of the Plain View Combined School, returned to the classrooms this school term school and will commence each school day with a healthy breakfast thanks to Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL).
In March of this year, the company which is based in the south of the island, piloted a breakfast program at the school which has been creating quite an impact.
This great initiative represents a partnership with the Vieux Fort Evangelical Church Women’s Ministry, the Plain View Combined School and WLBL.
According to WLBL, the aim of the program is to ensure that students receive a “jump-start” daily that will be reflected in improved behavior, attendance and overall performance.
Prisca Eristhee-Delice , HR Manager, says that over the years WLBL has impacted the lives of Saint Lucian students in numerous ways and so this initiative is no exception.
This, the company has done through their scholarship and textbook programs, donations of computers to primary schools, stationery supplies (notebooks, pencils, and book covers) to various schools, a rain harvesting program, support and sponsorships for at least eighty percent of the primary and secondary school graduation/award ceremonies annually, sports programs and now this Breakfast program.
“This is part of our social responsibility mandate at WLBL, ensuring that our students are given the opportunity to receive an education in an environment conducive to learning and that through this breakfast program they can start their day off right,” Delice says.
Initially thirty-five students were enrolled in the Breakfast Program. Today, that number has climbed to approximately seventy.
The Breakfast Programme bore other gifts to the Plain View Combined School with the total refurbishment of the school’s kitchen and the provision of all kitchen utensils (glasses, plates, pans, cutlery) needed for the program’s success.
Stemming from the breakfast program, WLBL also launched a competition encouraging students to design a logo for the program. Shernice Isidore, won the best theme prize while Asa-Joy Cox, who at the time were both Grade 6 students, won the overall best design prize.
They were awarded and recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony along with the second and third place winners. Cox won a Toshiba Excite 16GB Tablet.
With the success of this pilot project, WLBL plans on rolling out the breakfast program to other schools across the island. For now, the students of the Plain View Combined School are thankful that they were first on the list.
And for the beneficiaries, one healthy breakfast, one day at a time will certainly go a long way in enhancing their education.
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