FOOD FOR THE BRAIN
School canteens in public elementary and secondary schools are an indication that the department acknowledges the importance of health affecting child’s academic performance. Nourishing the body is also nourishing the mind. If the learner is healthy and free from any kind of illness, learning will be more effective and possible. Canteens are not supposed to be focused on earning much money to facilitate school projects that cannot be funded by school MOOE instead, it must focus on providing healthy food to take care of the well-being of the students, teachers and other school personnel. In school, the child learns the healthy food to eat and the school canteen must be a good example of a food house that promotes the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables compared to junk foods.
Emphasizing the products to be sold among school canteens prohibited the selling of carbonated drinks and junk food which were proven to be detrimental to everyone’s health. School administrators and canteen managers were guided with the green, yellow and red categories of food. Teachers and parents are more careful in choosing snacks for their children. As it is practiced in school it can be practiced now at home. Children are more aware of what food to eat and what should be not. Canteen operation is another world inside the school. It is where children can apply what they learn in English, MTB and Filipino through communication, Math when paying and asking for change, Science when choosing what food to eat, ESP and AP on dealing with co-existence of other hungry students while waiting for your turn as you fall in line. It can also be used as laboratory for entrepreneurship for the students to acquire hands on experience.
The author is Teacher I at Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated School