Swan Hills breakfast program wins $4,000 donation

Thanks to a community vote, the Swan Hills School won a $4,000 donation from Secure Energy Services to expand the school's new breakfast program.

Since January, Swan Hills School and the local food bank have been serving breakfast on Monday mornings to 40 students in Grades 4 to 6.  

Beyond the fact that the kids love the breakfast — which may include fruit, milk or juice and a main course like French Toast, breakfast burritos or cereal — principal Sheila Gardiner says giving the students breakfast has educational benefits. “Our hope is that by offering breakfast we will encourage students to get to school on time and that students will go to their classrooms ready-to-learn.”

With a goal of expanding the breakfast program, the school applied for a $4,000 donation from Secure Energy Services. On Feb. 3, the Swan Hills School learned its project was one of the five finalists, chosen from 60 submissions.

Secure Energy Services turned the final decision over to the community members asking them to vote for the project that should receive the funding. With over 30,000 votes cast, the Swan Hills School breakfast program earned 15,618 to win the $4,000 donation.

In its submission to Secure Energy Services, the school explained how the breakfast program would help the school. Providing breakfast:    

  • gives students healthy meals and snacks that provide them with the energy they need to need to stay alert and engaged through the day
  • fosters a happy and healthy school environment
  • decreases student absenteeism
  • increases students’ problem-solving skills and creative abilities
  • helps students develop lifelong healthy eating habits

“It will give our students the best chance at success possible,” said Gardiner.

Published Mar. 2, 2017