The breakfast program at Robert Moore School has gotten a boost thanks to the Fort Frances Lions Club.
Club members Roy Taylor and Patty Stefanick presented a cheque for $750 to program co-ordinator Shauna Leigh Carlson last Wednesday.
The school's breakfast program is a service that has operated five days a week for the past 15 years. It operates on grants and donations from local businesses and organizations.
The program, available to all students in the school at no cost with no barriers, serves about 400 students daily.
“The students have healthy options to choose from, such as homemade muffins, eggs, yogurt, and fresh fruit and veggies, just to name a few,” said Carlson.
The program has evolved over the years as the Huffman and Robert Moore schools merged.
“We have recruited volunteers from local businesses and organizations to help with the running of the program,” Carlson noted.
“The students also have a huge impact on the delivery of the program as they help provide support in the kitchen with the volunteers, as well as ensure that the trays are brought to each classroom,” she added.
The breakfast program has become an intrinsic part of the students' morning routine and has had a positive impact on the students within the classroom, Carlson said.
Student attendance improves as they knowingly can come to school and have access to a breakfast, which will help sustain them through the day and get them ready to learn, she added.