1000th school joins KickStart Breakfast

KickStart Breakfast welcomed Windy Ridge School in Auckland to the programme at the start of 2019, making it the 1000th school to join the programme!

Principal Brenda McPherson of Windy Ridge School says "The Kickstart Breakfast club is a great initiative for our school. Our job is to ensure that all our children are in the right frame of mind to learn each day, and the opportunity to have a top-up before school starts is an excellent first step. It also allows for our student leaders and whanau to be involved in caring for others. We are very pleased to be part of this programme."

Fonterra farmer Greg McCracken attended the school’s first breakfast club and says the excitement around the hall on the opening morning was great to see. “The kids jumped at the chance of having Weet-Bix and milk and there was great support from parents to make sure that they were all fed.”

“Knowing these kids are starting the school day with a good breakfast benefits us all in the long term, not just the teachers, who know what it's like trying to manage the behaviour of hungry children and its impact on their learning and that of the other students.

The event marked the very first KickStart Breakfast served at Windy Ridge School and were joined by representatives from the KickStart Breakfast partnership including Rob Scoines and Nigel Chenery from Sanitarium, Brett Henshaw, Tiaki Hunia, Chris Ward & Kylie McKay from Fonterra, and Sandy Biggs and Carol Wan from Ministry of Social Development. Local Auckland Councillor, Richard Hill joined to support the great initiative along with some staff and students from neighbouring KickStart Breakfast primary school, Beach Haven School.