March Nutrition News

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Each month, Mrs. DeGroote provides updates and information regarding DGH’s Nutritional program.  Below is Mrs. DeGroote’s March update.  As always, thank you to Mrs. DeGroote and her volunteers who put out the daily nutritional snacks that is available to all of our students each morning.

 

Every year in June I fill out a report on Breakfast Club’s spending and apply for funding for the next school year. Yearly, we do receive funding BUT the amounts wwe receive dwindle. To help supplement this shortfall, I apply to Breakfast for Learning for additional funds.

I am pleased to announce that in the past week, we have received the final installment payments from both Ontario Early Years and Breakfast for Learning.

In addition to our regular funding, we have recently received a generous donation from the Little Britain United Church women’s group. They wanted to serve “Children in Need”. Our nutrition program fulfills this concern.

While it might seem that Breakfast Club is “rolling in the money”, keep in mind, we serve approximately 80+ children daily, 5 days a week. I shop frugally, following the sales at the various grocery stores. As you all know the price of food continues to rise. Hence the recent funding that we have received will soon decrease. If you can contribute to Breakfast Club financially or with healthy food items, it is tremendously appreciated.

One way that I hope to replenish Breakfast Club’s funds is by selling fruit kabobs, every Wednesday in the month of March. This is part of our Nutrition Month celebration. The delicious fruit kabobs will hold a selection of fruit and cheese. They will be prepared by Mrs. King and Mrs. Salt, two of our wonderful volunteers. For only $2.00 your children will be treated to a lovely fruit kabob and support our valuable nutrition program.

Another activity that will take place during March will be a Breakfast Recipe contest, running for the whole month. I am hoping to receive nutritious and innovative recipes that we can implement in our breakfast program. The winner from each grade division will be announced on March 31. Their class will sample their recipe.

Criteria for the contest will include following Canada’s Food Guide, simple everyday ingredients, preparation using only a microwave oven or griddle. Prep time should only take about 5 to 10 minutes. Complete your recipe with all the ingredients and equipment needed, preparation instructions, your name, your teacher’s name and room number. The recipes can be left at the office.

In addition, during the last week of March, each day there will be a nutrition trivia question on the morning announcements. I will sort the entries according to grade levels. The following Monday, I will announce the classes from each division that had the most correct responses. The winning classes will receive a nutritious snack, courtesy of Breakfast Club.

With a busy month ahead, be assured that the students of Dr. George Hall will be embracing Nutrition Month in a healthy way.

Mrs. DeGroote