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Olympic athletes surprise local Winnipeg school with new breakfast program

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WATCH: Greenway School in Winnipeg is getting a new daily in-school breakfast program thanks to the Breakfast Club of Canada – Apr 27, 2022

Teachers at Greenway School got a big surprise Wednesday morning when two Olympic athletes arrived with a very special delivery.

Olympic medalist Meaghan Mikkelson and winter Olympian Charles Hamelin announced the school would be getting a new daily breakfast program, courtesy of the Breakfast Club of Canada and Amazon, who made a donation of nearly $1 million.

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“It breaks my heart to think of having to send my child to school hungry,” said Mikkelson. “Knowing that we’re here, we’re making a difference, we’re having an impact — it’s so, so important.”

Leda Velychko, an instructional resource teacher, said Greenway students are already showing a great deal of excitement for the program.

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“The students are like, ‘When is it starting, when is it starting?'” she said. “When it actually comes on Tuesday, I want to be right in here on Tuesday and see them enjoy.”

According to the club, classrooms have seen climbing attendance rates in the last year, prompting a growing need for additional breakfast programs in schools.

Anyone who wants to donate can go to the Breakfast Club of Canada website.

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Olympic athletes surprise local Winnipeg school with new breakfast program

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