Discover the Pigiurvik Elementary School program, located in the city of Salluit. This breakfast program is proof that good organization and the involvement of everyone can make a difference!
Mary Kennard, teacher at Pigiurvik Primary School
What is the one thing people need to know about your program?
The program is needed and appreciated in the community. Through Breakfast Club of Canada, food can be provided to everyone, with enough variety to please all, so everyone is welcome to say they would like to have cereal, milk, toast, fruit, or ask for more.
What are you most proud of in your program?
I’m proud that the teachers and administration recognize the importance of the club to the students in the school. They understand a student who has a full stomach is engaged and ready to learn.
I’m also proud that not only the teachers but the whole school community signed up to be a part of the breakfast program. When a large order arrives, everyone pitches in to help, from unloading the deliveries, sorting, and shelving the foods, to store the empty boxes!
What food could your breakfast program not go without?
It seems to be those Oatbox blueberry breakfast bars. The kids love them! They are the first thing we run out of!
If you could invite someone famous to breakfast at your school, who would it be and why?
I would invite our Governor General, Mary Simon. The children, however, might like to invite a band. Maybe The Jerry Cans!
Special breakfasts: What do kids look forward to?
We used to make pancakes. Unfortunately, our special breakfasts were pre-COVID-19, and sadly we haven’t been able to have one in a long time. Some students would measure and mix the ingredients, while others would cook the pancakes. Still others would count the number of people and put forks and plates on the table. Then we ate — pancakes, milk to drink, and fruit! Everyone helped clean up, and wash and dry the dishes. It was great fun for teachers and students — loud and a little chaotic — but still enjoyable. Occasionally, two classes would cook together, for twice the fun!
Special thanks to Mary Kennard, teacher at Pigiurvik Primary School in Salluit, in northern Quebec.