Belize Poultry Association, 16th October, 2012
The Belize Poultry Association (BPA) celebrated World Egg Day 2012 on Friday, 12th October, 2012 in Corozal Town. The celebration included an eggs-in- Johnny-cakes breakfast for all the school children of St. Paul’s Anglican School. The School Principal, Mrs. Aquilar, rallied her teachers to prepare the breakfast at the school cafeteria. The teachers arrived at school much earlier than usual and set to work preparing the breakfast for the school children. Eggs donated by the two largest egg distributors in the country – Caribbean Chicken and Country Foods – were scrambled and placed into fresh baked Johnny cakes along with some cheese. Once wrapped the eggs in Johnny cakes were put in a breakfast bag containing bagged milk, a banana and some gifts from BPA: pencil, ruler and a coloring page of eggs. A breakfast bag was then given to each child. The children were all excited and appreciated the fuss over them, especially having their teachers cooking eggs and serving them. Parents dropping off their children to school were also excited to see the teachers serving the egg breakfast and tarried a wee longer than usual to enjoy the celebration. They were also given a hand out on the incredible edible egg for a healthy life. Local school manager, Mr. Graham Sampson, also dropped by to enjoy the eggs-in-Johnny-cakes breakfast. Present at the school to assist with the celebrations were Jake Rempel, Orlando Habet and Victor Gongora of the BPA, and Dr. Joe Myers of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.
Other World Egg Day activities included a talk show in English and Spanish at Rainbow FM radio station in Corozal Town by Orlando Habet and Victor Gongora. Trays of eggs were delivered to other schools in Corozal Town to assist in their school feeding programmes: Altamira School, Mary Hill School, Methodist School, Nazarene School and St. Francis Xavier School. The school principals were all happy to receive the egg donations. Questions asked were: Why was their school not selected for the breakfast celebration? Was the celebration a country wide event? Will World Egg Day be celebrated in Corozal Town again next year?
The celebration in Corozal Town showed that eggs and breakfast go together. And sending a child to school having had an egg breakfast is an eggcellent idea as it provides the growing learning child the nutrition required to eggcel at school.
Staff at St. Pauls Anglican making breakfast
Chairman Rempel and students waiting for breakfast
Students enjoying a healthy breakfast
Mr. Habet and Dr. Gongora handing out nutrition posters
Mr. Habet handing out posters and eggs to feeding programme