Monto's breakfast club thrives
THEY say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
This is especially true for learning minds.
But at Monto State High School three years ago, some teachers noticed their students didn't have the chance to eat breakfast owing to the long morning bus journeys they had to take to school.
The teachers started the breakfast club, a weekly breakfast for an hour before class where students can feast on bacon, eggs, yoghurt, toast, muesli, juice and fruit.
While there, students might get a visit from school nurse Anita Salisbury, to teach them about good nutritional habits.
But it's not just good nutrition, as the school's Kylie Jarvis said.
"It's the socialising aspects, it stimulates connection between students and teachers, they can network within a safe space before class,” Mrs Jarvis said.
And the students are taking the opportunity. Mrs Jarvis said 85 per cent of them attend the breakfast.
The program has been boosted with a $4700 grant from the Ergon-Energex Community Fund, which will allow the school to buy new equipment such as toasters and a chafing dish as well as the groceries needed to expand the breakfast to a second day for one year.
Mrs Jarvis said the school wanted to involve the wider community in the program.
Any local organisations with a story to share, such as the Landcare Association or Monto Growers Group, is invited to address the students in an informal setting over a cup of tea.
"Youth is the future of our region,” Mrs Jarvis said.
She said the grant showed Ergon Energy was giving back to the community.
The school is now in the running to win an additional $5000 in the People's Choice component of the community fund.
"It literally takes two clicks,” Mrs Jarvis said.
If you are a community group or organisation which would like to address the breakfast club, ph 41669555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.