We always say that children are at the heart of Breakfast Club of Canada.
This week, we’d like to shed light on the soul of our operations: our volunteers. They are women, men, boys and girls from Campbell River to Halifax, from Iqaluit to Hamilton. They are all different, yet also have many things in common; their capacity to repeatedly get up in the wee hours every school day to prepare breakfast for students, to often be the first ones in and the last ones out of the school breakfast program, to set up, cook, welcome children with a smile, serve, listen, encourage, clean up… and start all over again the next day. On top of it all, they do all of this with great care and passion for the students, building stronger school communities from coast to coast, one morning at a time!
Nicole Bertrand, a teacher at AD Rundle Middle school in BC, especially appreciates the opportunity for young students to give their time: ‘Our students who live in poverty access the breakfast club and attend more regularly. We also have students who volunteer and it has given them a sense of belonging and purpose. This change is significant for all involved. The students who volunteer have boosted their self-esteem and this, in turn, has resulted in a greater positive impact on the school community’.
Khalee Palmer, from Duke of Malborough school in Churchill, MB, agrees: ‘(The breakfast program) … also helps with leadership skills and developing a sense of responsibility through the clean-up. When kids volunteer to do dishes or help pick up the bins from classroom to classroom, it gives them a responsibility to carry out. Overall I think this is a great program and I hope it continues on through the years. It really is an important part of our day and academic success.’
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you 17, 500 times to all of you, Breakfast Club of Canada Volunteers! We are both humbled and grateful for your generosity. #NVW #NationalVolunteerWeek