WHALLEY - Three politicians were in school Thursday in North Surrey to serve up breakfast to students.
Breakfast Club of Canada, in partnership with Minute Maid, hosted the event at Old Yale Road School Elementary School on Sept. 5. Pitching in to help serve breakfast to students were Education Minister Peter Fassbender, Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk and Surrey school board chair Shawn Wilson.
“This type of partnership between government, the non-profit sector and corporate Canada is important because at the end of the day it’s about making sure the environment is created where children can build academic success, self-esteem and confidence,” said Daniel Germain, Breakfast Club president and founder. “I want to express my heartfelt to our partners in education and Minute Maid for putting the children first.”
Fassbender thanked the Breakfast Club of Canada for its work in the province's schools.
“This complements our $51 million annual CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) program because the more resources available to students the better,” he said.
Virk noted the importance of a healthy breakfast.
“We know that proper nutrition contributes to improved student behaviour, concentration and achievement,” said Virk. “As well, a healthy meal in a supportive and friendly environment provides students with invaluable social and emotional support.”
Wilson, who was also on hand for the event, said, “We want children to be able to focus on their learning, not on their hunger. The Breakfast Club of Canada program removes a significant barrier to learning, and we’re proud and delighted to see it expanded to even more of our students.”
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