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Community fund provides breakfast for school pupils

The breakfast club is open to P4-7 pupils at Euston Street PS in east Belfast

Primary school pupils are reaping the benefits of the most important meal of the day with the help of a fund that supports local projects.

Financial support provided by Belfast City Airport's Community Fund means P4-7 pupils at Euston Street PS in east Belfast can start their day with a nutritious breakfast that will maintain and sustain their energy and concentration levels until break time.

Following a pupil audit in April, results revealed that 98 per cent of Euston Street children said the breakfast club helped with their levels of concentration in the classroom, with numeracy scores improving by 59 per cent and literacy by 63 per cent.

"With schedules busier than ever, many young people are missing out on a proper meal in the morning, and are instead consuming quick, often sugary, snacks," said principal Joanne Currie.

"The funding from the airport, which is very much appreciated by all involved, has allowed us to facilitate a breakfast club each day meaning parents can rest assured their child is getting their day off to the best start with a healthy meal whilst saving the family both money and time in the morning.

"Research suggests that children learn better when well-nourished and we have certainly witnessed improved concentration and motivation levels within the pupils since launching the initiative."

Since 2009, the airport community fund has donated more than £180,000 to charitable causes throughout Northern Ireland to promote positive wellbeing.

Airport human resources manager Stephen Patton said supporting young people within the community and enhancing their wellbeing was a key objective.

"I am delighted that the funding we provided to the breakfast club has had such a positive impact on the pupils at Euston Street," he said.

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