HMS Breakfast Club

(HELENA) Creating a bond with students can be challenging sometimes. But Capital City area teacher Jesika Fisher found a way to make students want to come to school and have fun.

“Kids that are struggling, kids that are shy, kids that are lonely, that kind of kids. Just give them a place where they feel connected, where they feel valued and where they feel like they’re an important part of the school community,” said Helena Middle School Teacher Jesika Fisher.

What better way to start the day than with a hot meal.

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“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it nourishes their mind,” explained Jared Murgel, Helena Middle School positive behavior support.

Welcome to the breakfast club, at Helena Middle School.

“She [Fisher] invites us to come to breakfast,” said 7th Grader Cen Yoder.

Every Friday, students come to school early.

“I was struggling with trying to find a way to connect with kids. We have a big push in our district towards academic rigor, which is awesome, totally valuable, totally important. But we were feeling like we were losing that relational connection,” explained Fisher.

Organizer Jesika Fisher is a middle school teacher and community builder.

“I get to hang out with friends, with Mrs. Fisher,” Yoder said.

She started the program about a year ago as a way to connect with kids

Vivika Smoot, now in high school, can’t stay away.

“This is family, can’t leave family.”

The connection she made with Fisher is irreplaceable.

“I’ve known Mrs. Fisher pretty much my whole life, and she’s like a mom to me….helped through a lot,” Smoot explained.

Three other teachers help Fisher on Fridays serve up smiles, compassion and welcoming spirit along with dozens of eggs and fresh french toast sticks; Jared Murgel is one of them.

“It gives me an opportunity to come every Friday morning and see students from around the school that I usually don’t see on a given day,” said Murgel.

The Breakfast Club turned Fridays into something more than just the last day of the school week.

“I get up on Friday mornings and it’s so fun to get to know I’m here on Friday and that I get to connect with kids,” Fisher said.

Creating a bond with students that last beyond a bowl of Lucky Charms.

“We’ve had kids that have said they wouldn’t come to school otherwise.”

Fisher runs the program completely on community support. She is also working on expanding the program to C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena and hopes to bring the opportunity to more schools.

 

If you would like to help Fisher, you can contact her jfisher@helenaschools.org or 406-431-5472.

Reporter: Mikenzie Frost

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