By Andrea Peacock/News staff
Support Sidney Elementary School’s Hot Breakfast Program at a pancake breakfast this Friday morning.
Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants is hosting the breakfast for the fifth year in a row. Each year they choose a different cause to support.
“One of our staff member’s moms [who] is a retired teacher from Sidney Elementary told us about the need,” said Elaine Hughesman, partner at Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants.
The Hot Breakfast program provides hot breakfast to kids who come to school in the morning without having breakfast.
There are approximately 295 students at Sidney Elementary, and about 50 to 60 of them use the Hot Breakfast program, said Hughesman.
Hughesman hopes to raise enough money to formalize the breakfast program at the school. Currently teachers at the school fund it on an informal basis by buying food when they see it on sale.
“We want to give them an actual fund to be able to use,” said Hughesman, adding their goal is to raise $2,500.
Last year’s breakfast raised $720 for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.
Nutrition is an important part of children’s education, said Hughesman.
“If a third of them aren’t getting properly educated due to lack of nutrition . . . we can help that and encourage the learning process.”
The Flipping Pancakes for Kids breakfast will be on Friday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants at 9768 Third St. in Sidney.
Cost is by donation, with all funds going to the breakfast program at Sidney Elementary.
Past pancake breakfasts have supported groups like the Knapp-Fisher family (son Tristan suffers from muscular dystrophy) and the Sidney Lions Food Bank.