Lionesses provide TLC to kids at Spring Street Academy

Dave Mathieson
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Amherst Lionesses contribute not only their time to Spring Street Academy but also money. They recently presented a cheque to Spring Street Academy principal Aaron Stubbert. On hand for the presentation was: (from left) Gwen Briand, Margaret MacDonald, Stubbert and Judy Tooke. The Lionesses serve breakfast at the school five days a week.

AMHERST - The Amherst Lioness Club give kids a boost to their day.

"Their help is invaluable," said Aaron Stubbert, principal at Spring Street Academy. "As a school we want to thank them for their financial donation but thank them more for their time because their time has been a big help."

The Amherst Lioness Club recently presented Spring Street Academy with a donation to help with their breakfast program.

The fundraising project was initiated last year by former Lioness president Margaret MacDonald, and money raised was recently presented to the school to help support their breakfast program.

"We average about 55 kids a day," said MacDonald, who serves the kids five days a week along with Lionesses Gwen Briand and Judy Tooke. "We serve them cereal, milk, apple, cheddar cheese and lots of TLC. That's free."

Breakfast is served every weekday at 8:20 a.m., and wraps up at 8:35 a.m.

"They get 15 minutes, which doesn't seem like much time, but they're little and don't take a lot of time."

MacDonald says she loves serving the kids.

"They're great. There's a story every day with one of them."

MacDonald recently had a little girl who was proud of the great deals she found at Frenchys.

"She said Frenchys is her specialty and talked proudly about the great deal she got the coat and hat she was wearing," said MacDonald. "It's great talking to them. Everyday I'm here I enjoy it immensely."

Stubbert says the kids are grateful to have the Lionesses at the cafeteria.

"They don't grab the food and run," said Stubbert. "They like the conversation and like that somebody is here to listen to them."

And he says the school is grateful for their donation of both time and money.

"I went to the Lionesses to see if they could help because it was an area, as a school, where we thought we could use support," said Stubbert. "This isn't something schools just take for granted.

"Also, it's a big benefit for kids to have a meal before their day starts," he added. "Research will tell you that a full belly of healthy food in the morning will give them the right energy for the day."


Organizations: Street Academy, Amherst Lioness Club

Geographic location: AMHERST

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