Martin Luther King School pupils benefit from breakfast program

POSTED: 09/20/12 12:34 PM

GREAT BAY – Telecom provider UTS and Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise have collaborated on a pilot project at the Martin Luther King School offering a portion of the student population who come to school without having breakfast a nutritional, healthy breakfast. The three parties  signed an agreement on Wednesday, committing them to the breakfast program for the duration of the 2012-2013 school year.

“While speaking with a number of educators during the past year, it has become evident that there is a significant part of the student population that comes to school hungry in the morning. These students frequently have difficulty taking in information during their classes and in some cases also exhibit behavioral problems,” UTS Marketing and Communication Officer Ivy Lambert says. “The difficult economic climate affects everyone in our community and it’s understandable that some parents struggle with expenses like school fees, uniforms and such. We are happy to assist in this project because it will benefit the long term development of a child that may struggle otherwise. A good education is one of the basic building blocks for future success. If we can help a child get there by providing them with the right nutrition for optimal learning, we cannot hesitate. The decision to help was a very easy one to take.”

“The start of the new breakfast program at our school would not have been possible without the joint cooperation between Rotary Sunrise Club, UTS and school management,” school manager Stuart  Johnson added, “Whenever a sponsorship of any type is given to a school, it is an investment towards our future. The thirty-five students participating in our program show that we have social needs on our island and collectively we all must lend a helping hand to quell these woes. We appreciate the support for these students.”

Rotary Sunrise President Marcellia Henry states: “To increase the probability of students eating a nutritious breakfast in the morning and to in turn improve and enhance their learning, the Rotary Club of St Martin Sunrise decided to pilot a school breakfast program at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. School in collaboration with UTS, and at the Ruby Labega School in collaboration with Sheriff Security. The purpose of the breakfast program is not to replace parent’s or guardians’ role as a provider, but to assist the schools with promoting healthy nutritional habits, and to increase the academic performance of the students who participate in the program.”.

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