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Pupils discover there is such a thing as a free meal

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Published by M Parker for Home Group in Housing and also in Communities

Harton primary pupils celebrate their breakfast club Harton primary pupils celebrate their breakfast club

CHILDREN at a popular primary school have learned the lesson that there is such a thing as a free meal.

Youngsters at Harton Primary in South Shields are now able to tuck into cereals, toast and fruit juices for breakfast thanks to support from affordable housing provider Home Group and high street baker Greggs.

The social landlord has a large number of homes in the Harton area and has decided to support a breakfast club at the school as part of its commitment to improving the lives of customers.

Youngsters at the school, regardless of whether they are a Home Group customer, can enjoy a free healthy breakfast which then sets them up for the day.

Studies from the University of Leeds have shown that pupils who eat breakfast each day are more likely to be attentive in class and achieve higher grades.

Kathryn Forte, Home Group’s strategic neighbourhood co-ordinator, said: “As an affordable housing provider Home Group isn’t just interested in providing homes for people but also improving communities and the lives of our customers.

“Getting a good education is vital for young people if they want to achieve their dreams in life but it’s difficult to concentrate at school if you haven’t had a decent breakfast.

“We’d heard about the success of the breakfast club at Harton and although it only cost £1.80 per child we know that for some of our customers and the wider community that is a significant sum, especially if you have more than one child.

“That’s why we’ve invested £3,500 to fund the club for two years and we’re very happy to be working with Greggs Foundation on this.”

The Greggs Foundation has provided a large capacity toaster and an on going commitment to provide bread from a local Greggs store.

Lynne Hindmarch, Greggs Foundation breakfast club manager, said: “The Greggs Breakfast Club Programme provides a nutritious start to the day for over 12,000 children across the country.

“Research shows that benefits of going to a breakfast club include improved parent-teacher relationships, increased confidence, self-esteem and social mobility so we are incredibly proud to be able to make such a difference to so many children.”

Alison Chipchase, Harton Primary head teacher, said: “There is no doubt that giving the children a healthy and active start to the day has a huge beneficial effect on the children’s social and emotional state and their educational attainment.

“We were delighted when we were contacted by Greggs Foundation and Home Group regarding the possibility of sponsorship for our school breakfast club. Providing a free breakfast to our children during such difficult financial times is wonderful and on behalf of the children and parents, I would like to extend my thanks to both organisations.”

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