“Helping out has given the students an opportunity to see me in a different light other than the classroom. Relationships of trust and being comfortable asking a question have transferred over to the classrooms. I am not just looked upon as the Education Assistant in the class. I feel role modeling for our students is important and volunteering gives me this opportunity.”
Debbie Twomney (Coordinator): Sadie is in early even before the volunteer. She straight away puts on the professional toaster and starts setting up the tables and from there she’ll just helps along with the other students putting out the food. I asked her why she helps and how does she feel the breakfast program helps her:
« I love helping others, I’m in early anyway. I’m shy so it helps me meet and get to know others in the school. The food is healthy and I don’t often have these choices available at home. I’m sure I can concentrate better buy eating a good breakfast. »
Debbie Twomney (Coordinator): He been volunteering with the Breakfast Club from Grade 7 and wasn’t always so helpful without expecting something in return. Over the past 2 years he’s matured. This year when we first started he came in early and showed all our new adult/teacher volunteers what they had to do. Lets just say I am so going to miss him when he moves on to High School.
« I enjoy helping others and find it very rewarding. Mrs. Twomey appreciates my help and she’s really busy so it feels good to help her out as she’s nice to all of us. I’ve made friends in the morning which maybe would of not happened as it’s a safe caring environment to be yourself and relax in. The food is healthy and it’s a good way for me to start my day. I normally would of stopped at 7-11 at bought junk food. I often had a hard time focusing on my work in class which would end up with me not finishing and handing assignments in. This isn’t happening anymore. »
« The Breakfast Program has kept me busy and distracted from previous choices that were not good ones! The program also allows me to share my personal stories as I have had a rough couple of years losing family and guardians. I’ve built relationships of trust and respect. Volunteering at Breakfast has given me a purpose to come to school and sets me up for a positive day. It feel good to help out. It’s like a warm feeling inside and I find it very rewarding. »
« I like to help because it is good to help people. I like the supervisors so I like to help them. I like to help setup and I like being friendly. It’s all about helping. It makes me feel good and great to help in the Breakfast Program. »
« The reason I volunteer at Breakfast Club is because I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Lots of kids skip breakfast. When they skip breakfast it effects their education. If they don’t eat breakfast then they won’t be able to focus so they will fail school or won’t graduate. This is why I like volunteering at Breakfast Club. Seeing people get breakfast makes me feel happy. »
– Amy Ham
Megan began volunteering with the Breakfast Club because of her older sister, Amy Ham. Amy volunteered at Meadowbrook for several years before moving on to Bert Church School.
– Megan Ham
Shelbey began volunteering with Breakfast Club with her friend Megan. She has been volunteering for two years now and comes anywhere from 3-5 mornings per week.