Badges Earned

Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
Earned Jun 2016
15 Points

Success Story

Students were consulted about what foods they would like to see in the snack program and how they would like to be involved. The students and teacher made a plan for the students to help with the preparation of the veggies and fruit for the program. The Principal did the grocery shopping and supplies to do the food prep. The discussion was brought to school council for support. At that time a nutrition committee was formed to support other nutrition initiatives. This lead to discussion about healthier fundraising (with fruit kabobs) and frozen chicken, and removing candy from the fun day event as well as non-food fundraising. We sold popcorn that meets the SFBP nutrition standards. The students were the ones who identified that they wanted to have vegetables and fruit available. And the Principal and teacher were instrumental in making the changes happen.


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Paint Your Plate
Paint Your Plate
Earned Jun 2016
15 Points

Success Story

Students identified that they would like vegetables and fruit offered in the snack program. The students went on to help prepare the foods daily that were offered. The school council then made arrangements to have the school be an order and pick up site for the local Good Food Box program to support families to have access to more vegetables and fruit at home. The first order for the GFB program had 33 orders from families in the school and each month orders increased.


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The Big Day
The Big Day
Earned Jun 2016
30 Points

Success Story

Students were at the nutrition committee meeting when it was discussed to host a community spaghetti meal entitled “what’s your spaghetti” in support of the mental health speaker event. The school community including teachers, students and volunteers offered a free community meal including spaghetti, sauce made with veggies by the students during the day, and water. This event was attended by more than 40 people and the community enjoyed a healthy meal together.


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Reason to Celebrate
Reason to Celebrate
Earned Jun 2016
30 Points

Success Story

The Principal brought this idea to school council and the nutrition committee (including students). Information and suggested alternatives were shared with teachers and posted on the school website to support families in bringing healthier choices for classroom celebrations. A public health dietitian came to a staff meeting to discuss with the teachers rationale for making celebrations healthier and offering supportive resources and ideas. No cupcakes or cookies or candy has been brought in all year and students and teachers are celebrating with sushi, fresh fruit and veggies and other healthier alternatives. There has been full support for this movement from teachers and parents. Students are celebrating with much healthier choices (or no food). The Principal initiated this complete shift in culture.


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Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
Earned Jun 2016
45 Points

Success Story

The school council supported by the Principal made a shift to healthier fundraising this year. The school chose to fundraise with frozen chicken and healthier popcorn as well as other non-food items like poinsettas. Students were involved in the discussions about fundraising activities for the annual fun fair. Annually there is a candy table and bake table offered at the fun fair, and this year the students supported removing this from the event completely. There were fun activities like inflatables for the students to enjoy at the event and a photo booth with fun food props for families. Removing the candy table and bake table from the fun fair event completely was a huge win! The students supported this and saw how this supported the other initiatives happening within the school. The students suggested offering fruit kabobs instead.


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First Bite
First Bite
Earned Jun 2016
15 Points

Success Story

WE represent the nutrition committee struck by school council including an administrator, teachers, students and parents.


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A Taste of Nutrition
A Taste of Nutrition
Earned May 2016
15 Points

Success Story

In the 2015-2016 school year, a nutrition committee was started at Nottawa elementary. This committee is made up of an administrator (the principal), teachers, parents, a public health dietitian, and various students. Several projects were started this year including education for teachers (on rewards and incorporating nutrition into the curriculum), resource sharing with parents through the website and newsletter, a healthy snack program, a change in policy regarding classroom celebrations and items used in fundraisers. A community meal was also run by volunteers which was free to participants and paired up with a parent education night. The committee has partnered with the Georgian Bay Good Food Box which offers fresh fruits/vegetables in a medium or large box each month at discounted prices (due to bulk purchasing). This has made healthy food more accessible to those living outside of town (in the school’s catchment area) or for those with limited budgets. Money for this program is collected at the school; picked up by the volunteers with the GFB and the boxes of food are delivered the third Wednesday of each month. Students have taken the lead in preparing fruits and vegetables for snacks, setting up the snack table, and cleaning up at the end of the day. They have learned safe food handling practices as well as safety with food storage. Some students have also participated in weekly food preparation to build on their skills in the kitchen as well as in the grocery store. Flavoured popcorn is sold in individual bags every week and at some school events to raise funds and provide a “treat”. Even the end of the year Fun Fair will no longer have a bake table, candy floss or any candy for sale, but fruit kabobs will be given to people who attend. This would not have been possible without the support of the principal, Troy Comish, who started the process and followed through with each initiative. He has applied for funding, he has purchased equipment, and goes grocery shopping each week for fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt and applesauce. He has even secured a new fridge to hold all the food dedicated to the healthy snack program. The school culture has changed in a positive way this year with the support of the committee and all the students and parents who participate and attend activities.


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