YOUNGSTERS at two Pershore schools have praised the positive impact made by breakfast club grants during a challenging last couple of years.
Abbey Park First School and Middle School have received four grants so far – each worth up to £2,000 – which have made a real difference to families in need.
The latest grant has helped to provide 93 Free School Meals eligible pupils with a healthy snack and a drink to enjoy every day of term during break time.
Abbey Park have also used the funding to support extra places at breakfast club and after-school club, which has proved to have additional benefits.
School business manager Sam Faulkner, said: “It goes down an absolute treat because otherwise some of those children might be watching their friends eat a snack when they don’t have one. It’s made a big difference.
“It’s nice to see the children eating alongside their peers and not feeling any different. Having that extra snack in the morning just keeps them going and gives them that bit more energy through to lunchtime, so it’s been brilliant.
“It’s not just about the food. It’s helping the families in so many ways. We’re taking the worry away from parents and guardians, enabling some of them to work different hours or take overtime because they know their children are safe and fed.”
There has been plenty of positive feedback from teachers at Abbey Park, who have seen their pupils receive a much-needed energy boost.
Some have even been able to do extra reading with a teaching assistant during breakfast club