GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – They say it’s the most important meal of the day, especially for growing bodies and minds.
The morning of March 8, five schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador participated in the ninth annual Rooting for Health. Breakfast was served to the students at Sprucewood Academy by volunteers using local ingredients such as eggs, berries and milk.
“It was a pleasure to host the Kids Eat Smart event today,” said Sondra Power, principal of Sprucewood Academy, as students were eating breakfast. “This is a wonderful event as it allows an opportunity for community involvement as well as an avenue to support our local farmers.”
Rooting for Health is a partnership between Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, Agriculture in the Classroom Program, the School Milk Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador.
After the students ate, local vegetable farmers Chris Blackmore and Kent Fudge spoke to them about farming and the work that goes into it.
“I learned that there are a lot of different kinds of potatoes and carrots,” said Hannah Blake, a Grade 6 student. “You need a lot of land to grow vegetables because so many people want to buy them from you. If you only have a little bit, then you aren't going to supply people with the food that they need.”
In total, 48 volunteers helped make the event in Grand Falls-Windsor a success.
“Our volunteers included our regular morning breakfast volunteers, chef Al Milly, local fire department, King Financial, Dominion and parents,” said Power.
Dominion stores throughout the province provided funding to help cover costs associated with the breakfast.
Nearly 500 students were served a variety of healthy breakfast foods at Sprucewood Academy throughout the morning.
“It tasted really good,” said Caroline Ducey, a fifth grade student. “We had pancakes and a fruit smoothie and eggs and all that stuff. We liked it a lot, it was really nice.”
Ducey said her favorite part of the breakfast was chatting with her friends, but mentioned pancakes as her preferred breakfast food.
“I like these kind of events in school,” said Ducey. “Not just because it interrupts class, but because it's a lot of fun to do. I'm really grateful that the teachers were able to take the time to plan it.”
Along with Grand Falls-Windsor, schools in St. John's, Dunville, Pasadena, and Labrador City held Rooting for Health events. Rooting for Health helps children recognize the relationship between farming, food, and their health.
“A sincere thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success,” said Power. “The students and staff appreciate your continuous support. Events like this show true community spirit.”