Local school gets $1,000 grant to promote student nutrition

 

St. Bernard School has received a grant to assist with its student nutrition program. Trentin Bellefleur and Noah Chammat (back row) joined Alex Affleck and Abby McNamara in showing what some of the grant money will be used for.

St. Bernard School has received a grant to assist with its student nutrition program. Trentin Bellefleur and Noah Chammat (back row) joined Alex Affleck and Abby McNamara in showing what some of the grant money will be used for.

By Ron Giofu

 

A local elementary school has been awarded a $1,000 grant to help promote student nutrition.

St. Bernard School was one of 500 Ontario-based elementary and secondary schools to receive a Metro Green Apple School Program grant through the Metro grocery chain.

Principal Marisa Wismer credited her predecessor Lee Ann Poisson for the school getting the funding.

“She was the one who applied for it and got it,” said Wismer. “I’m trying to implement it and see it through.”

Wismer said the money will be put towards student nutrition programs. She noted some of the healthy eating programs the school currently does

According to the company, the Metro Green Apple School Program has contributed $7.5 million to Canadian schools through various programs.

“Healthy eating and proper nutrition is directly linked to success in the classroom,” said Kathleen O’Hara, director of marketing and communications for Metro Ontario Inc., “and that is why Metro has placed a focus on healthy eating in schools. We know that encouraging students to adopt healthy eating habits will not only nourish their bodies, but also their minds, leading to future success. Our hope is that the Metro Green Apple Program will provide the needed funds to help support new and valuable programs.”

Previous submissions have included in-school cooking classes, running healthy eating workshops, building community vegetable gardens and morning snack programs.

“So far, the response to this program has been tremendously successful and we look forward to seeing what is executed in the 2013-14 school year,” said O’Hara.

All registered elementary and secondary schools in Ontario were eligible for the Metro Green Apple School Program. Grants will be awarded for ideas that meet the program criteria. Teachers and students can log onto www.greenapple.metro.ca to learn more.

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