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Ardenne PTA Breakfast Programme Finds New Home

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Joylene Griffiths

FOR THE past 10 years, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Ardenne High School has been operating a breakfast programme for needy children out of the home economics department at the school.

The programme originally began as an outreach to athletes, but was extended to the wider school population because of the number of students coming to school without breakfast.

It provides a free meal for approximately 80 to 100 students daily. The beneficiaries are students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) programme, students who travel long distances to and from school and leave without a meal and those who are not able to afford a meal on some days.

Dubbed the Optima CafÈ, the kitchen was built at a cost of $2 million of PTA dues and money raised from fund-raising activities.

Built from donations

The name Optima CafÈ was inspired by the school's motto - Deo Duce Quaere Optima - With God as Guide, Seek the Best.

Now under the leadership of Joylene Griffiths Irving, the PTA has built a kitchen from a container donated by Alpart.

The kitchen is fully decked with equipment donated by parents and corporate sponsors.

"We are very pleased to be opening the Optima CafÈ. We want to thank all our sponsors and parents that have made this possible," Griffiths said at a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the kitchen earlier this week.