REGINA – 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.
Since 2006, The Mosaic Company and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have hosted the Challenge to encourage grassroots initiatives. Ten schools each received $10,000 earlier this year as winners of the 2019 Challenge. Among the winners was Regina Public School Division’s Arcola Community School, host of today’s Walk to Breakfast event.
“We look forward to the Walk to Breakfast event each year and are excited to be at Arcola School and hear about their Makeover Challenge winning project,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations at The Mosaic Company. “This event is a great way to kick off a new school year and another set of projects focused on making nutrition a daily part of student lives. We wish the ten winning schools the best of luck this fall!”
Arcola Community School’s winning project highlights include providing nutrition and life skills training, developing cookbooks to share at home and hosting family engagement days.
“Helping students learn about life-long nutrition and life skills is a lesson that helps them, their families and potentially, future generations,” said Katherine Gagne, Chairperson, Regina Board of Education. “We are grateful to Mosaic and the SSBA in making this ambitious good health project possible.”
Other winning schools this year are part of the Good Spirit, Living Sky, Northern Lights, Northwest, Regina Catholic, Saskatoon Catholic, Saskatoon Public and South East Cornerstone school divisions.
“Healthy and nutritious food plays such an important part in the overall success and well-being of students,” Regina Pasqua MLA Muhammad Fiaz said on behalf of the Minister of Education, Gordon Wyant. “I would like to commend Arcola Community School and all the other recipients for their innovative ideas and commitment to making nutrition an important part of students’ everyday lives.”
A record of more than 80 schools submitted projects to compete in 2019’s Challenge for a total of $100,000 in prizes, generously provided by Mosaic.
“We are very grateful to The Mosaic Company for the ongoing support in ensuring the health and nutrition needs of Saskatchewan students are met,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA President. “Congratulations to Arcola Community School and the other recipients.”
Backgrounder: Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge 2019 Winners