Reason to Celebrate Badge Inspiration

Get inspired with these ideas submitted from schools that earned the Reason to Celebrate badge!

Minute to Win it – Louis Honore Frechette, May 2017

In general our school has a no shared treats policy in the school for nutrition, allergies and religious reasons. When a child is celebrating a birthday, during Halloween or for Valentine’s day, students are not allowed to bring junk food. They are allowed to share with their peers, for example pencils or stickers. During class earned celebrations we choose to play co-operative games which encourage positive peer interactions and engaging fun, rather than encouraging students to eat junk food to celebrate. For example before the holidays this year, I will be playing “Minute to win it” games with the students to celebrate and have fun as a class.

Birthday Bouncy Balls – Woodbridge Public School, May 2017

Our school is a food free celebration zone. Parents are notified at the beginning of the school year and before any religious holiday, that we are a food-free celebration school. Homeroom teachers remind parents of our policy through newsletters. We try to celebrate by having spirit days like dances, dress in your religious holiday attire and Henna art to name a few. For birthdays we encourage parents to bring in non-food items like bouncy balls, stickers, pencils and leis or beaded necklaces.

Jump and Munch – Louise Honore Frechette, December 2016

We provide nutritious foods during big school wide celebrations. For example we gave students in the whole school an apple or an orange during the Jump Rope for Heart event that took place in April. Students participated in jumping rope and being active and followed it up with a nutritious snack. Students love to get free food even when it’s a fruit!