Eight schools in the south to serve KickStart Breakfasts this term

Invercargill news
Thursday, February 4, 2016

As the school year begins, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie is pleased 8 schools in Invercargill and Riverton are serving KickStart Breakfasts.

“Breakfast prepares kids for learning so it’s important all children start the day with a full stomach.

“The schools offering the KickStart Breakfast programme, ensure their students have a bowl of Weet-bix and milk before the school day starts.

“The majority of parents in our region do a superb job, but we want to make sure all young Kiwis have the chance to make the most of their schooling,” says Sarah Dowie.

The KickStart Breakfast programme is a partnership between Government, Sanitarium, Fonterra and the community. In 2013 the Government provided $9.5 million over five years to expand the programme from 2 to 5 mornings per week and to any school that wants or needs it, regardless of decile.

“This week the six millionth KickStart Breakfast was served, showing the success of the programme not just here in my electorate, but nationwide.

“Thanks to KickStart students are healthier, better behaved, and more focused, with 99.5 per cent of schools satisfied or very satisfied with the Kickstart Breakfast programme,” says MP Sarah Dowie.

The eight schools include Riverton School, Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, St Patrick's School, Ruru Special School, Newfield Park School, New River Primary, Fernworth Primary School and Aurora College.