REGINA – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge, The Mosaic Company has provided $100,000 in total cash prizes for 2016, Mosaic, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) and Breakfast for Learning (BFL) have announced.
“In honour of 10 years of successful partnership with BFL and the SSBA, we want this year’s challenge to leave a lasting impact on children across the province,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Senior Director of Public Affairs for The Mosaic Company. “We are excited that schools and communities get to pick the project that will net the biggest returns for their kids. Mosaic plays an important role in food security around the world; here at home we understand that quality nutritional programming is imperative to achieving success in the classroom.”
Together with the SSBA and BFL, Mosaic launched the Extreme School Makeover Challenge in 2006. To date, 23 schools have received funding to improve their nutrition environments.
The Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge is open to all schools in Saskatchewan. Participating schools receive a certificate of recognition acknowledging their efforts to create healthier school nutrition environments. Ten winners will each receive a $10,000 prize. Schools are invited to submit nutrition-related action plans prior to Apr. 16, 2016. Entries will be judged on quality of nutritional programming and potential benefits to the school community.
“Our students are our future leaders, and investing in their learning through nutrition programs is vital to their success,” said Kelly Berlinic, Director of Programs and Community Development for BFL. “Breakfast for Learning is proud to work with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association and The Mosaic Company to ensure all students have the nourishment they need to succeed at school.”
The Mosaic Company and the SSBA, in partnership with BFL, host the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge to encourage grassroots initiatives to improve student nutrition. As Canada’s first established and one of the largest national charities focusing on student nutrition as it relates to learning, Breakfast for Learning helps support and sustain school-based breakfast, lunch and snack programs Canada-wide, providing students with the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. Since 2004, the SSBA has been involved with supporting those efforts.
“The Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge is important because school boards firmly believe that every student in Saskatchewan should have the resources and supports needed to succeed and achieve, regardless of where they live in the province or their personal circumstances,” said Connie Bailey, president of the SSBA. “The Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge helps ensure all students in Saskatchewan are well-nourished and ready to learn. The SSBA is very proud to support Breakfast for Learning. We also thank The Mosaic Company for their strong commitment to excellent corporate citizenship in this province and their support of K-12 education.”
To learn more about the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge and view a video, visit: saskschoolboards.ca/partner-organizations/mosaic-extreme-school-makeover-challenge/.