By Mike Atkinson | Drive producer and digital content creator
Kirste and Morro took the Brekky show to the acclaimed Rockingham Beach Primary School for the station’s fortnightly Free Coffee Friday broadcast.
The School’s Education Support Centre caters for children with a range of disabilities such as intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.
School Principal Margaret Keen said other schools across the state have benefited from their program.
“We won the West Australian Education Principals and Administrators Awards’ 2016 School of the Year, as we work with a lot of schools across the whole of WA, giving them professional learning in autism and how to support families and students with autism,” Ms Keen said.
“We love it and the community was so excited when it all happened.”
While Kirste was giving Morro a bit of hassle for missing his early morning run, Rockingham Beach Running Club founder Kirsty Wadley inspired the Brekky duo to don the sneakers and hit the pavement, like her 85 running club students.
“I went to the inter-school cross country and the other schools were doing quite well and found out that most of them had a running club and I thought we need one of those,” Ms Wadley said.
“We average 60-70 (students) per session at the moment and sessions are Tuesday before school at 7:30am.
“Our Rocky Beach Running Club shirt can be earnt by kids that run over 21km, but not all in one go!”
YouthCARE chaplain Sarah Rogers joined the Brekky crew and teachers and parents got an early morning boost of free coffee and donuts supplied by friend of 98five, ice cream van man, Paul.
If you would like to nominate your school to take part in 98five’s Free Coffee Friday broadcasts, head to www.98five.com.