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Teacher brings Great Big Crunch to staff and students

By Marie Graw


NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Acknowledging March as National Nutrition Month, students in the Light of Christ School Division joined the national initiative, The Great Big Crunch!

On March 10, over 1,500 students, staff and guests at the six LOCCS elementary schools joined students across Canada and took a big bite out of an apple, a healthy snack. The apples were supplied by local grocers in their support of students and healthy food choices.

Local grocers adopted schools: Frazer’s No Frills provided apples for Holy Family School; Discovery Co-op provided apples to Notre Dame School; École Monseigneur Blaise Morand’s apples were provided by Sobey’s; and St. Mary’s School had their apples provided by Super A Grocery in Battleford. Hujber’s Market in Spiritwood provided the apples for Rivier Elementary School, while MidWest Food Supplies and Delta Co-op provided apples to the students at St. Peter’s.

The Great Big Crunch is a national initiative that local teacher Rhea Good came across at the Changing the Menu Conference in Montreal in November. The conference was the first-ever gathering of dietitians, nutritionists, politicians, teachers, cooks and non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the state of school food in Canada.

On hearing of this initiative, Cory Rideout, director of LOCCS, created the momentum by contacting all the elementary school principals. Very quickly, it became a community event for the Battlefords, for Unity and for Spiritwood.

Heading the initiative, Good involved her class and staff at John Paul II in the gathering, washing and delivery of the apples to local schools. In the spirit of stewardship, the activity did not stop once the crunching was done. Good and her crew collected the apple cores to be composted.

Good’s original goal was to celebrate the joys of eating a healthy diet, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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