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Harlow primary school shortlisted for Kellogg’s Breakfast Club awards

Communities / Sun 7th Feb 2021 at 10:44am

A SCHOOL in Harlow has been chosen as a finalist for the South East as part of the annual Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

If it wins, The Downs Primary School will receive a £1,000 cash prize, plus a special party pack to help them celebrate.

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards champion the people and activities that make Breakfast Clubs so great – from inspirational volunteers to invaluable extra learning sessions.

Around 20 children attend the breakfast club at The Downs Primary every morning before school. During the first national lockdown, the school altered their usual breakfast club routine to create a ‘soft start’ initiative. This meant children could come into classrooms as soon as they arrive and receive cereal and take part in quiet activities such as reading. With the support of her staff, Headteacher Jeanette Allen, ensured that vulnerable families still had access to breakfast cereal during both lockdowns by organising for supplies to be taken to a local church for parents to pick up.

Ravel Clark, Health Schools Lead from The Downs Primary School said: “We are really excited and incredibly proud to be shortlisted in this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards.

“Writing our entry gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic children who attend every morning, not to mention the hard-working staff.

“If we’re lucky enough to win the award for Best Breakfast Club in the South East we’ll use to prize money to help fund the club so we can continue to provide free breakfast to all our children.”

The aim of this year’s Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards is to recognise schools all over the UK for the incredible role they have played to educate and safeguard children throughout this pandemic.

Kate Prince, Kellogg’s corporate social responsibility manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “So many clubs across the UK deserve recognition and after receiving 450 applications, it’s been tough to pick our finalists from so many inspiring stories.”

“Breakfast clubs like the one at The Downs Primary School play a vital role in society. Thanks to the staff’s dedication, they support working parents, feed hungry children and offer opportunities to increase informal learning with activities and socialisation.”

“Kellogg’s has supported Breakfast Clubs for 22 years and this year we’ve seen the clubs face more challenges than ever before so we are delighted to be able to recognise them for all of the hard work and dedication they have put in to keep things going.’’

A specialist panel of judges will now assess all 52 shortlisted entries across the UK and the winners will be announced on the 10th February 2021. www.BreakfastClubAwards.co.uk.

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