PSD will look to pilot the Nutrition Nook in three schools in the division.
Parkland School Division will be looking to build on the school nutrition program from the provincial government.
The school division recently received $141,000 from the school nutrition program that the Albertan Government unveiled in the 2017 Budget. This is part of the grand total $10 million being allocated towards the nutrition program and being spread to school boards across the province.
Principals in the Parkland School Division decided to pool the money together and chose three schools where they believe the money would be most useful in creating and sustaining nutrition programs. This is where the Nutrition Nook concept took form.
The Nutrition Nook concept is a nutrition enhancement project which will be piloted at Parkland Village School (K-4), Forest Green School (K-6), and Seba Beach School (K-9). The schools were selected after discussions with the regional foodbank and the principals across the division. The program will be a learning space which will teach and feed children and youth more nutritious alternatives.
Several other nutrition programs are already supported by PSD including full meal programs at Blueberry, Graminia, Muir Lake and Wabamun Schools. A Grab and Go Breakfast Program with Freson Bros. is also supported by the school division.
The Nutrition Nook concept is being planned to be spread to the rest of the schools in the division but is currently being tested for sustainability at the aforementioned schools. It is designed to support a comprehensive school health framework which will be scaleable across the Parkland School Division.