Breakfast Club creates community


The Ladies’ Breakfast club held a session of yoga taught by Stephanie O’Hara. Each meeting has a different topic or speaker. Photo Contributed By Amy Ostdiek

The young Ladies’ and young Men’s Breakfasts are two separate breakfast clubs dedicated to thoughtful conversation as well as separate activities for both genders.

The young men and women of Oakwood have the opportunity to learn and grow through guest speakers who come in to share their stories and spark conversation.

“My favorite discussion from Ladies’ Breakfast was when the new nurse, Tara Nabholz, spoke to us about her journey on becoming a nurse: what she went through, how she got better and where she is now was powerful,” Gracie Feldmiller (12) said.

English teacher Amy Ostdiek enjoys the discussion as well as the activities during the breakfasts.

“I love all of the topics discussed. We all learn and grow from each breakfast. I especially have liked the ones where we get to move. Like yoga with Stephanie O’Hara, [or] stretching led by Karen Gillingham,” Ostdiek said.

Meaningful conversation is a huge part of the breakfasts, and it brings the members closer together.

“I enjoy the discussion and fellowship among the girls and teachers,” Feldmiller said.

Jay Lane and Fred Schmitz hold the meetings for the men and make sure to always dress in formal attire. The young men who attend have begun to follow suit.

There are many different discussions and activities at these breakfasts. They can vary from sharing unique hobbies to teaching life skills.

“My favorite activity I’ve done was Mr. Lane teaching me how to do a tax return,” Mumford said.

These breakfasts include meals provided free for the students. The free meal can be used as an incentive for students to brave the early mornings.

“We have all sorts of foods like pancakes, hash browns, tater tots, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk, and muffins,” Mark Mumford (12) said.

Breakfast can help students focus during the early morning. In an online article published by “The Guardian”, Jay Rayner cited a survey by Magic Breakfast, a company in the UK that provides free breakfasts to needy school children, that 88% of teachers who host some sort of breakfast club say it has led to improved attendance and attainment, and 93% say it has led to better concentration in class.

Ladies and Men’s Breakfasts are incredibly meaningful from both a student and teacher perspective. They can help form connections and have new experiences at school.

Ostdiek said, “I love the connections with the students and with my peers. These breakfasts give us the opportunity to know each other better, to make connections, and to share interests. We all grow from the experience. I am grateful to and humbled by these amazing women and young ladies.”

By Hollis Couch


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