P.E.O. Chapter G's holiday 2004 fund-raising effort raised $1,000 for local school breakfast programs. Five schools received $200 each - Gastineau, Harborview, Riverbend, Glacier Valley and Dzantik'i Heeni - to help provide hot breakfasts to students each morning.
The charitable cause is a good fit for P.E.O., a national philanthropic education organization that supports various educational projects.
"Studies prove that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and children who have a good breakfast learn and perform better," said Joyce Smith, a retired school teacher and president of Chapter G. "Unfortunately, before setting off for school, not all children are offered the option of any kind of breakfast at home - hot or cold."
The breakfast programs - prepared and financially supported by community volunteers - are free to the children. As many as 50 students are served each morning at some schools. At Gastineau School, children are offered hot oatmeal and toast with peanut butter. Other schools provide different choices, but all provide nutritious breakfasts that are critical to good health and optimum learning.
Any individual or group wishing to help serve breakfasts or contribute to a school's hot breakfast program should call the principal's office of the participating school.