RACF helps with breakfast


By Jessie Bell

Rivers Elementary School resource teacher Mandy Johnston has started her third year as leader of the student breakfast program. It’s held every Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8:30-8:55 a.m.; Tuesday is reserved for breakfast at the rink.

Teaching staff made donations in 2012 to get the program started and Rivers and Area Lions Club provided a dishwasher. This season, Rivers and Area Community Foundation (RACF) and Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) have each provided financial support. The breakfast program was the recipient of an $800 RACF grant which allowed the purchase of a refrigerator, blenders and a kettle. With these supplies it is now possible to make fruit smoothies. CNCM donated money to purchase dishes, cereal, juices, milk, yogurt, fruit, jam and honey. 

The Honey House Bakery and Cafe in Rivers has donated bread and the students’ favourites: cinnamon buns and muffins. Kuipers Bakery of Brandon also donates some bread  and Rivers Girl Guides has also provided some breakfast food.

Elementary teachers and students are proud of the community support in providing any child in the school a healthy, well-balanced breakfast to start their day off right. The program also continues because of support from staff, some dedicated high school students and other volunteers who work each morning.