Jocelyn Shymko (left) and Megan Wong are among the students who
volunteer at the nutrition table at Arthur A. Leach School.
Students at Arthur A. Leach are learning to make healthy food and
like what they make so much, they’re prepared to line up and buy it.
On a recent morning, Megan Wong, Jocelyn Shymko and Sanela Mehanovic
were busy setting out paper containers of salad, cups of apple crisp
and a bowl of oranges on a table at the front entrance of the
At the buzzer announcing the 10:52-11:02 locker break, students
flooded the hallway, crowding around the table to buy the healthy
snacks. The top seller? Homemade Caesar salad at 50 cents a serving.
Apple crisp sells for 25 cents as does the fruit. By 11:02 the
nutrition table was pretty well bare.
The nutrition table is set each day with the food prepared by
students in teacher Natalie Isford’s food classes. Other food on the
menu from time to time includes homemade soup ($1), Spanish rice,
veggie sticks and smoothies.
“We aim to teach kids how easy and cost effective it is eat healthy
food,” explained Ms. Isford. Money from the sale of the snacks helps
support the purchase of food ingredients.
“I’m passionate about local food,” she said, and is happy to pay a
bit more to support local farmers. The Child Nutrition Council of
Manitoba also supports the initiative with a $3,000 annual grant.
This year Arthur A. Leach was one of two schools in the province
recognized by the Manitoba government through its Healthy School
program. That earned Ms.Isford a spot at the
Changing the Menu national school food conference in Montreal on
November 12-14. The conference "aims to advance activities to get
more healthy, local and sustainable food into the minds and onto the
plates of students."
February 9, 2016
Grade 8 Girls basketball practice tonight at 5:00 pm.
Student Action Club members are reminded to hand in
their bake sale letters with a parent signature. Please hand in to
Ms. Darbandi ASAP.
Grade 7 Percussion sectional will be today in Period
5 in the Band room. Please check in with your teacher first for
Kit Club is canceled for this week.
February is I Love to Read Month and today is our
first Drop Everything and Read event. Be sure that you have reading
material with you throughout the day. You just never know when you
might have to drop everything and read!
Classroom teachers please review the I Love to Read
events with your students. Read On!
Attention ski trip participants, please meet Mr.
Schinkel in the gym at nutrition break.
All leadership students please meet in the gym
immediately after announcements.
Today at the Nutrition table, we will be serving
Eggplant parmigiana, Creamy squash soup, and Garden salad.