MUSKOWEKWAN FIRST NATION – Efforts of Saskatchewan schools to improve student nutrition and create healthier environments are being celebrated today with the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge’s Walk to Breakfast.
“Each year we have the opportunity to visit a winning school and take part in the Walk to Breakfast,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Mosaic’s Senior Director, Public Affairs. “It’s great to see the project come to life with the grant funding Mosaic provides, but what’s even better is seeing the students’ excitement about what the changes will do for their school and its nutritional environment.”
Since 2006, The Mosaic Company and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) have hosted the Challenge to encourage grassroots initiatives. Ten schools each received $10,000 earlier this year as winners of the 2017 Challenge. Among the winners was Muskowekwan School, where today’s Walk to Breakfast event was held.
“Muskowekwan School can be proud for being chosen as one of the top 10 schools in Saskatchewan for your work to promote a healthier learning environment for students,” said Larry Doke, Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs.
Muskowekwan School’s winning project highlights include purchasing kitchen equipment, ensuring nutrition programming for all and enhancing food safety and efficiency. Other winning projects have goals including developing or expanding gardens; improving education about nutrition, cooking, agriculture, food safety and First Nations learnings; and, implementing or furthering breakfast and snack programs.
Many schools submitted projects to compete for a total of $100,000 in prizes, provided by Mosaic. Other schools receiving grants this year are part of the Good Spirit, Greater Saskatoon Catholic, Northwest, Prairie South, Saskatchewan Rivers, Saskatoon Public and Horizon school divisions; the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises; and, Key First Nation.
“Our Association is proud to recognize Muskowekwan School and the other winners and we thank The Mosaic Company for this continued commitment to help ensuring students’ health and nutrition needs are met,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA President.