We have a milk program at our school. It is not a fundraiser because we charge the students the same amount of money that we have to pay for the milk. It is offered to encourage students to make a healthy beverage choice and an alternative to juice and a change from water.
Students can buy either chocolate or white milk. It costs 75 cents.
We have put information on our Healthy Schools bulletin board about making good choices for healthy beverages.
As well, we are planning to use the nutrition wheel and have the focus on beverages. We will have each come up the library and students can take turns spinning the wheel and we can ask questions about beverages. Then everyone can learn a lot more things about healthy beverages.
On our Healthy Schools bulletin board we made it all about beverages and the importance of drinking water rather than sugary drinks. We put up posters and printed pictures off of the internet to show different ways to enjoy water.
We also made announcements talking about drinking water instead of juice boxes and pop. We have a refillable water bottle station and it keeps track of how many bottles of water gets filled up over time. So we tell our friends to bring a reusable water water and fill it up at the water station.
It is helping the environment and helping our bodies by drinking lots of water.
Our school has Your The Chef program. It takes place after school for students in Grade 4, 5 or 6. It is organized by parent helpers and the teachers. It takes place once a week for 4 weeks.
Each week we get to prepare and eat delicious food.
One of our favourite things to make was homemade granola with yogurt and berries. We like making new things at school so then we can take the recipes home and make them for our family.
Each morning we help our secretary fill the snack bins. Each class gets a snack bin. It is a blue bowl and the teacher’s name is written on the outside of the bowl.
Each day there is a fresh fruit or vegetable that goes into the bowl. Our parent helpers cut up the fruits and vegetables for us.
We also put in a dry snack. There are a few things to choose from such as dried cereal, granola bars or crackers.
At the end of the day we go to classses and pick up the empty bowls.
They are always empty. It is important to make sure all the kids in our school have snacks and food to help them learn.
Each morning an announcement is made from our Healthy Schools team.
We have a fruit or vegetable of the week and tell a fact about the fruit or vegetable of the week.
For example, for bananas we made the announcement that the banana skin can be used as mosiquito repellent or to stop the irritation after a bite.
We also make announcements about healthy lunches, snacks, and beverages.
During the celebration assembly the Queensville cougars created a power point presentation for our door decorating contest. We gave classes a healthy eating category to work on in order to decorate their door. The students learned about healthy eating choices while having fun. One of the classes had the category fruits and they put pictures of all types of delicious fruits.
We started a fundraiser called Fresh From The Farm where students were given order forms to take home. Family’s and friends could order fresh fruits and vegetables which helped us raise money for our school in a healthy way. This encouraged kids to eat more healthy foods rather than unhealthy foods.The parent council really helped organize the fundraiser. The parent council helped with organizing the food, counting the forms and counting the money we raised.
Our healthy schools club was trained by the health unit on how to use the nutrition wheel. We got the classes to come up to the library to talk about healthy eating. We used a nutrition wheel to make it fun. We asked each student to come and spin the wheel and answer the question depending on the category they landed on. The students were encouraged to learn facts about healthy eating. They all received a prize for their efforts even if they got the answer wrong.
This year our school decided to fund raise using Vesey’s Bulbs instead of an unhealthy food. Parents really seemed to have enjoyed this fundraiser and were enthusiastic about planting the bulbs in their gardens. This was a successful fundraiser for our school as we received 50% back from total sales. Using a non-food fund raiser showed students we don’t have to use food all the time to raise money.
Each class was assigned a healthy category with the end goal to work together as a team to create a door design that represents their category. The categories were: Fruits, Vegetables, Drinks, Canada’s Food Guide, Snacks. Teachers worked with their classes to come up with some very creative designs. All classes were winners! Students learned about healthy eating choices in a positive way while expressing their artistic skills.