ST HELENA’S Primary School in Ellenbrook hosted the launch of a new, innovative breakfast program ‘Mind, Body and Heart’ last week.
Mind, Body and Heart is an initiative of Make a Difference WA in partnership with IGA.
The program cares for the wellbeing of school kids by providing them with a breakfast meal, as well as social and emotional counselling through The Seedlings Program – a set of workshops that build resilience and confidence in children.
The aim is to make sure every child is given an opportunity to flourish by starting the day right with a healthy breakfast and fun workshops.
The Seedlings Program also teaches children simple and effective strategies to deal with anxiety, friendships, sadness, anger and bullying – along with a brand new workshop about the importance of healthy eating.
IGA Vale owner Gabriel Pereira said the company was proud to work with Make a Difference WA.
“Breakfast is an important meal,” he said.
“We want children to be well informed from a young age on the importance of eating healthy as part of the IGA Breakfast program so they are empowered to make good decisions for their own health.
“IGA will also by providing fresh fruit and vegetables weekly to schools as part of this program.
“Children will be given an opportunity to sample seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables from IGA supermarkets and learn about why each item is good for them so they can make good healthy choices as they grow.”
The Good Guys Clarkson will also donate electrical appliances to the schools so they have the necessary equipment to run the breakfast program.
Make a Difference WA chief executive Ron Conway was thankful for the support from local businesses.
“Both IGA and The Good Guys strongly believe in strengthening our community by supporting programs like this,” he said.
“The program will be run by parents under an incentive scheme, where they will receive a token for every hour they volunteer their time.
“The tokens can be used to buy an IGA gift card or can go towards school uniforms.”