A PRIMARY school is celebrating after it received vital funding for its breakfast club.
Sompting Village Primary School, in White Styles Road, was given a grant of £450 from Kellogg’s to help fund new equipment and running costs for its breakfast club.
The school was one of 500 from across the country to receive a grant after research by Kellogg’s revealed one in eight breakfast clubs have been forced to close because of budget cuts.
Julie Dunn, extended schools co-ordinator, said: “Breakfast clubs are a lifeline for many children but with budgets being tight they could, sadly, become an unaffordable luxury in future. The grant will really help our club and we’ll look forward to spending the money on some new equipment including crockery, cutlery and some games for the children as well as a selection of the children’s favourite cereals.”
Kellogg’s launched the Help give a child a breakfast campaign last October following research that showed the detrimental impact the closure of breakfast clubs can have at schools.
In research carried out by Kellogg’s, almost two-thirds of teachers, 62 per cent, believed the closure of breakfast clubs would result in lower grades in their school, with behaviour also deteriorating as a result, according to more than half, 52 per cent.
Nearly all teachers, 98 per cent, felt those students who had eaten breakfast were able to concentrate better in lessons than those who had not.
Kellogg’s is donating £230,000 in total through the campaign which will provide one million breakfasts by the end of 2012.