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Winnipeg school encourages sense of community with new breakfast room

By: Andrea Karr
Canadian Living
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Winnipeg school encourages sense of community with new breakfast room

By: Andrea Karr
With the help of Breakfast for Learning's Social Impact Grant, a new multi-purpose room at Dalhousie School will offer space for students and their families to socialize, eat a healthy breakfast and learn social skills in a safe setting. The former science lab is now outfitted with a full kitchen and sitting area where students can eat breakfast before class or make homemade soup and Bannock to share at lunch. It's also an area where parents can congregate. "Three quarters of our students are new Canadians," principal Marina Wilson told Global News. "We've become a gathering place for not only our children, but our families. The room allows us to invite them in. Moms bring their little ones in the morning and are able to sit down, have a coffee and get to know people in the community." BreakfastForLearning

Students at the launch of Dalhousie School's new breakfast space.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the room doubles as a meeting space for social clubs as well as a Boys and Girls Club.

Think your school needs a similar program? Breakfast for Learning accepts grant applications in June of each year.

The Breakfast for Learning program was founded in 1992 by a group of editors here at Canadian Living . “As a family magazine, we feel we have a commitment to the future of the Canadian family," said former Canadian Living  editor-in-chief Bonnie Baker Cowan upon the launch of the organization. "We think we can do something to help make sure Canadian children have a better chance at a secure future." Read more: Our tips for giving your kids a healthy start to their school day Yummy breakfast recipes for kids
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