New kitchen equipment and enhanced support for parent and community volunteers is part of the recipe for the student nutrition program at Sutherland School.
The school is one of 10 Saskatchewan schools to receive a $10,000 Mosaic Extreme School Makeover grant through the partnership of The Mosaic Company and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA).
"The kitchen upgrade made possible by the Extreme School Makeover grant will go a long way to enhancing nutrition education in our school, improving the delivery of our nutrition program and creating a more functional kitchen for school and community events," said Principal David Crowell. "We are very appreciative of the support from Mosaic and the SSBA."
The funds will go toward the purchase of commercial-grade kitchen equipment and the provision of food safety certification to the parents and community volunteers who support the nutrition program, which serves a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks daily. The support of donors and their contributions of vegetables, fruit and milk play an important role in the program and in serving the needs of the school's 360 students in kindergarten to Grade 8.
"Sutherland School exemplifies the community development model with strong partnerships and a diverse network of stakeholders taking ownership of school programming," according to the evaluation of the school's application. "They have ensured student involvement by engaging student leaders in weekly meetings on nutrition, health and wellness. These partnerships foster effective, sustainable programs for their students. "