AM has lunch with Eastern Primary School pupils, as part of new summer holiday scheme

Local AM David Rees yesterday joined local youngsters at the Welsh Labour Government funded summer school enrichment programme at Eastern Primary School in Taibach. Pupils also received a visit from Lee Trundle from Swansea City FC who took part in a sports session and encouraged pupils to get more active.

£500,000 of funding has gone towards lunch and fun clubs in primary schools during the school summer holidays across Wales, including Eastern Primary School, Cymmer Afan Federation School and Ysgol Bae Baglan in Aberavon. The money is helping to provide breakfast, lunch, education about eating healthily and a programme of activities.

David Rees AM said: “It was a real privilege to spend some time with the children and staff at Eastern Primary School.”

“Sadly the reality for some of our young people is that the school summer holidays can be a difficult time. Children who benefit from free school breakfasts and lunches sometimes miss meals and go hungry once their school closes for the holidays, while the lack of free play schemes and sports activities can have an impact on those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.”

“It is important that every child in Aberavon, no matter what their background, has the opportunity to thrive and achieve their best. That is what this scheme is about and I welcome the actions of the Welsh Government for recognising the need and for putting funding in place.”