February 20, 2020
Carrot sticks sharpen young minds
The Prime Minister says school lunches are already having a big impact in the schools involved in a trial programme.
Jacinda Ardern was at Flaxmere Primary in Hawke’s Bay yesterday dishing out pasta salad, chicken and carrot sticks to the tamariki.
It’s one of 30 low decile schools which started the year handing out lunches, with 120 schools set to be on the programme by the end of 2021.
She says the Government wants to remove anything that gets in the way of children learning.
"I got an email yesterday from a principal who said after two weeks already the teachers are commenting what a difference it makes to the teaching environment, in the afternoon especially, and I heard the same yesterday in Flaxmere. So we aim to get it up next year to over 20,000 children who will be part of the programme and we will see what difference it makes," Ms Ardern says.
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