As a Healthy School Team, our students have participated in two fundraisers so far this year. For our first one, in the fall we identified the importance of supporting local farmers and produce and with support from our school’s parent council we promoted Fresh From the Farm. Flyers were distributed to classrooms and announcements were made in our school’s newsletter focusing on the importance of eating vegetables and supporting our local community. Students from the classrooms assisted with sorting the produce once it arrived. Our second fundraiser was in December just before the winter break. Our healthy school’s team wanted to do a “bake sale” but then decided that popcorn would be a healthier option. We discovered that popcorn was high in fiber, and without the added butter and salt it could be a healthy snack. Students set up a stand in the front hall and make recess announcements in the form of “holiday skits/jingles” to advertise. They also set up posters around the school. We had anticipated on selling popcorn for 2 weeks but were sold out on week one! As part of building a positive climate within our Healthy School’s Team, we also tie-died Healthy School’s T-Shirts to demonstrate solidarity in our purpose. The favorite moment was when students realized that they were “in charge” of the event, that they were responsible for it’s success and felt pride in doing so. The positive results was that we were able to “recruit” more student members to our Healthy School’s Team once they saw the high level of engagement of the other students.
Excited to share with other schools how easy it is to join Bright Bites and the motivation it can create for staff and students to make healthy choices every day!
Re-Think Your Drink started as a small initiative after two new water bottle filling stations were installed at our school back in January of 2016. To promote our campaign, the Healthy School’s Team made a “Re-Think Your Drink” short movie with staff that was showcased at our Spirit Assembly to help bring awareness to the benefits of drinking water. We then created a display in the front hall and set a school-wide goal to drink 16, 000 bottles of water by June (the water bottle filling stations keep record of the number of bottles filled). To help fund-raise for future Healthy School initiatives, and to continue the promotion of our Re-Think Your Drink campaign, we had water bottles made with our school’s logo (The Mustang) to sell. What started as a small initiative evolved into a school-wide campaign!
As a teacher, after taking “You’re the Chef” through York Region Nutrition Services, I was confident that I could run the program at my school. Students from grades 5 and 6 were asked to submit a written essay to explain why they are interested in the program and what they hoped to learn. Some of their responses included: how to use knives safely, how to cook healthy meals for my family, to learn to follow recipes, to better understand how ingredients interact with one another, how to make lunch for myself and to have fun! We are just staring our first of five sessions this week! I would like to thank Yolanda Tse , from parent council, for volunteering her time to help with the sessions.
We currently have a population of approximately 670 students. Our Healthy School’s team is made up of about 30 of these students ranging from grades 2-8. We have a number of year-long and monthly whole-school initiatives lead by our Healthy School team and celebrated as part of our monthly school Spirit Assemblies.