Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Today's First Lesson ... Tuck in! ; Airline and Greggs Run School Breakfast Club It's a Great Help to Parents, Says Head

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Today's First Lesson ... Tuck in! ; Airline and Greggs Run School Breakfast Club It's a Great Help to Parents, Says Head

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ABREAKFAST club has been launched at a primary school to give pupils in one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Manchester a healthy start to the day.

Seventy-five children at Webster primary in Hulme will tuck into hot food before classes thanks to Etihad Airways.

The airline, which sponsors Manchester City, teamed up with Greggs to run the club for the next two years - and bosses say the project will improve the concentration levels of the pupils, a majority of whom live in Moss Side.

Etihad is also planning to extend its links with the school by offering youngsters the chance to visit Manchester Airport and staff will help out at the club.

The move comes after research carried out by children's charity Barnardos revealed that one in nine children regularly misses breakfast because their parents can't afford to feed them.

Others miss breakfast because parents are too busy in the morning and are unable to feed their children before they rush off to work.

It also comes weeks after the M.E.N revealed how 40,000 youngsters in Manchester are living below the hunger line.

A town hall report said Moss Side and Hulme were among the worst affected of Manchester's 32 wards.

The M.E.N. is campaigning for action and both David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband have backed our calls.

Headteacher Jeremy Jackson said: "We're really grateful to Etihad for supporting a breakfast club scheme at the school. "It's a great help to parents struggling to give their children breakfast each morning. "We definitely notice the difference having a good breakfast can make to pupils and their ability to concentrate throughout the school day.

"We're really looking forward to seeing future improvements over the coming weeks after the scheme gets under way."

Breakfast can also help to improve attentiveness and mood, according to research, and teachers hope children at their school will experience similar benefits. …

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