Morning snacks are a hit at Morley Community School

March 6, 2009

Shell and Petro-Canada have each donated $10,000 to pay for nutritional snacks to Grades 1 through 12 at the school, which is located near Shell’s Jumping Pound and Petro-Canada’s Wildcat Hills gas plants.The new program is called Breakfast for Learning.

Last year, while participating in social events at the school, Lynne Grainger, Shell’s Regulatory/Community Affairs Representative at Jumping Pound, learned that many of the children arrive each day without having had breakfast.

“The school has a beautiful cafeteria, where they get lunch, but if you haven’t had anything since the night before, that’s a long wait for a meal,” Grainger says.

“We decided this would be an opportunity to do something good for the community and also help the school out. And when we asked Petro-Canada if they wanted to take part, they were happy to come aboard.”

“The school’s staff has commented many times about the impact this has had, resulting in much higher attendance and also better attention from the students in the classrooms,” says Grainger.

“I’m very proud that Shell supports the program at this level.”

The Morley reserve is home to the Stoney-Nakota Nation, consisting of three Aboriginal bands – the Wesley, Chiniki and Bearspaw. About 740 students attend the school.

Cheques were officially presented recently to Leslie Alexander and Danelle Sully of Morley Community School by Grainger and Petro-Canada’s Wolf Schroeder.

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