Eat up

Healthy food cel­e­brated at school

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY

GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL – They say it’s the most im­por­tant meal of the day, es­pe­cially for grow­ing bod­ies and minds.

The morn­ing of March 8, five schools through­out New­found­land and Labrador par­tic­i­pated in the ninth an­nual Root­ing for Health. Break­fast was served to the stu­dents at Spruce­wood Academy by vol­un­teers us­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents such as eggs, berries and milk.

“It was a plea­sure to host the Kids Eat Smart event to­day,” said Son­dra Power, prin­ci­pal of Spruce­wood Academy, as stu­dents were eat­ing break­fast. “This is a won­der­ful event as it al­lows an op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment as well as an av­enue to sup­port our lo­cal farm­ers.”

Root­ing for Health is a part­ner­ship be­tween Kids Eat Smart Foun­da­tion New­found­land and Labrador, New­found­land and Labrador Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture, Agri­cul­ture in the Class­room Pro­gram, the School Milk Foun­da­tion of New­found­land and Labrador, and the Egg Farm­ers of New­found­land and Labrador.

Af­ter the stu­dents ate, lo­cal veg­etable farm­ers Chris Black­more and Kent Fudge spoke to them about farm­ing and the work that goes into it.

“I learned that there are a lot of dif­fer­ent kinds of pota­toes and car­rots,” said Han­nah Blake, a Grade 6 stu­dent. “You need a lot of land to grow veg­eta­bles be­cause so many peo­ple want to buy them from you. If you only have a lit­tle bit, then you aren’t go­ing to sup­ply peo­ple with the food that they need.”

In to­tal, 48 vol­un­teers helped make the event in Grand Falls-Wind­sor a suc­cess.

“Our vol­un­teers in­cluded our reg­u­lar morn­ing break­fast vol­un­teers, chef Al Milly, lo­cal fire depart­ment, King Fi­nan­cial, Do­min­ion and par­ents,” said Power.

Do­min­ion stores through­out the prov­ince pro­vided fund­ing to help cover costs as­so­ci­ated with the break­fast.

Nearly 500 stu­dents were served a va­ri­ety of healthy break­fast foods at Spruce­wood Academy through­out the morn­ing.

“It tasted re­ally good,” said Caro­line Ducey, a fifth grade stu­dent. “We had pan­cakes and a fruit smoothie and eggs and all that stuff. We liked it a lot, it was re­ally nice.”

Ducey said her fa­vorite part of the break­fast was chat­ting with her friends, but men­tioned pan­cakes as her pre­ferred break­fast food.

“I like th­ese kind of events in school,” said Ducey. “Not just be­cause it in­ter­rupts class, but be­cause it’s a lot of fun to do. I’m re­ally grate­ful that the teach­ers were able to take the time to plan it.”

Along with Grand Fall­sWind­sor, schools in St. John’s, Dunville, Pasadena, and Labrador City held Root­ing for Health events. Root­ing for Health helps chil­dren rec­og­nize the re­la­tion­ship be­tween farm­ing, food, and their health.

“A sin­cere thank you to ev­ery­one who helped make this day a suc­cess,” said Power. “The stu­dents and staff ap­pre­ci­ate your con­tin­u­ous sup­port. Events like this show true com­mu­nity spirit.”

JOR­DAN MALONEY

Mayor Barry Manuel dines with the stu­dents of Spruce­wood Academy.

JOR­DAN MALONEY

Vol­un­teers await the next rush of stu­dents.

JOR­DAN MALONEY

Stu­dents browse a scrap­book pro­vided by lo­cal farm­ers.

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