The free breakfasts for children at Burton Green Primary, which will start in January, come thanks to TWO big donations to the city-wide York Hungry Minds appeal. York-based housebuilder Persimmon has donated £20,000 to the appeal. A second large donation has come from the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust. Between them, the donations have pushed the total raised so far by the appeal to more than £40,000. City of York Council had already set aside £100,000 to pay for a pilot at Westfield Primary in which all Key Stage 2 children (in Years 3-6) will get a free school lunch. The two big donations to York Hungry Minds mean that a second, parallel pilot will also now be run at Burton Green, where all the school’s children will get a free breakfast. The idea is to monitor the two pilots to see what impact they have on children’s concentration, attendance, and ability to learn at school. Labor council leader Claire Douglas said she was delighted that York Hungry Minds had received two such big donations. Tracy Davison of the Persimmon Charitable Foundation said: “We are delighted to be able to support York Hungry Minds. “The free school meals project at Burton Green Primary School will undoubtedly have a positive impact on children in the local community and provide helpful support to families who need it. Details of precisely when the free breakfasts and lunches at the two schools will begin have yet to be confirmed. But it is expected to be in January, soon after the new school term begins. Fundraising through the York Hungry Minds appeal continues – the hope is to extend the pilot at the two primary schools and if possible extend the free meals to other primary schools in the city in future.
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