Hangry students at Moorditj Community College get better start to the day with breakfast club

FRONT L-R: Amee Collard (11), Bella-Rose Narrier (5), Jazalia Haenen (5) and Jarrell Creusot (9). AT BACK: Trevor Knuckey (Volunteer Coordinator at Moorditj Noongar Community College). Photo: David Baylis
FRONT L-R: Amee Collard (11), Bella-Rose Narrier (5), Jazalia Haenen (5) and Jarrell Creusot (9). AT BACK: Trevor Knuckey (Volunteer Coordinator at Moorditj Noongar Community College). Photo: David Baylis

‘HANGRY’ students at the Moorditj Noongar Community College in Middle Swan are getting a healthy start to the day thanks to a the introduction of a breakfast club.

The breakfast club, which was the brainchild of community crusader and Medjugorje Centre director Trevor Knuckey, feeds up to 100 children each day at 8.45am.

“When I first visited the school, the halls were filled with kids that were in a line waiting to see the principal for bad behaviour,” he said.

“It turns out these kids were hungry, unfocused and therefore badly behaved.

“This breakfast program has increased their productivity and attention span, and generally made for happier kids.”

Mr Knuckey said he was pleased Loafers Artisan Bakery had come on board to support the club.

“For the last eight years we had been receiving our bread from Foodbank which was not always available, or purchasing it from Coles which was a drain on finances and personnel to collect it,” he said.

Loafers director Alaine Guthrie jumped at the chance to participate when approached.

“As the mother of a five-year-old, it broke my heart to realise the children were coming to school unfed and hungry,” she said.

“They deserve to have the best start to their young lives, and if we can play some small part in assisting them to reach their potential, then we’re more than happy to take part.”