My Town: Breakfast Buddies Brings Kids, Adults Together

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Hickory Ridge student Allison Utrup and her father enjoy themselves at the school's Breakfast Buddies Club.

By Hannah Wasylko, BEAT Reporter
BRUNSWICK, Ohio-Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
At Hickory Ridge Elementary, it’s a great way to make friends, too!
Hickory Ridge’s Breakfast Buddies Club is an extracurricular activity offered to all students (grades K-5).
The program is an opportunity for students to invite one adult ‘buddy’ of their choice to breakfast one Wednesday out of the school year.
Buddies can be friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents or even parents.
Breakfast Buddies is offered three times during the school year. The first time it was offered to grades K-1, then 2-3, and lastly 4-5.At the event, students eat breakfast with their ‘buddies’ and spend quality time with them before the start of the school day.
The Club is overseen by PTG parent Kristy McKinley, with help from third-grade teacher Carli Brasacchio.
“I think the program is just a nice time to sit with friends and adults, eat breakfast and have an opportunity to win door prizes,” Brasacchio explained. “It’s unique because it gives a student the opportunity to interact with their ‘buddy’ in the school setting.
All students who attend are asked to return an RSVP permission slip, with all names automatically entered into a drawing to win fun door prizes – like pizza gift cards, bowling passes and much more!
Parents and guardians can support the Club by volunteering, or participating or donating.
“We can always use more raffle prizes or breakfast item treats, like donuts, muffins, or juice,” Brasacchio added.
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