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Comedy Night

Comedy Night

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Casual Night of Comedy

Join us on March 26th  at the Whistle Bear Golf Club for a night of laughs in support of Nutrition for Learning

$125 Per Person

$1,00 for table of 8

Laughter, Food, and Friends supporting Nutrition for Learning student nutrition programs across Waterloo Region.

6 pm Reception and Silent Auction

7 pm Dinner

8 pm Comedian Graham Chittenden

Cresstview Public School Spotlight

Crestview Spotlight

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Two Sisters making a difference

Meet Judy McKay the coordinator of the Crestview Public School student nutrition program and her sister Anne who are making a real difference in the lives of so very many students at school.   Judy heard of a very emotional and heart tugging story of child who did not have breakfast because it wasn’t his turn and Judy decided then she would help with the program.  Judy enlisted her sister and other volunteers to help with the student nutrition program at the school.

The program runs during each nutrition break at 11:05 am and 1:45 pm with a mixture of grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables for the students to have universal access to during the school day.  Volunteers start an about one hours before  the first break to bag and prepare the bins and the tables for the program. Judy and her team believe consistency in availability is extremely important for students to feel secure that  something is available to them.  Teachers share when someone may need a little for the day for various reasons and a special lunch bag is quickly arranged and shared to those in need that day.

If there is one way to describe Judy other than caring and supportive, she is extremely organized and apparent when visiting the preparation area and her office/fridge with schedules and plans for the week.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers, supports and shares with the student nutrition program at Crestview.

 

Sandowne Fall School Spotlight

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Sandowne – Building Community & Future Leaders

Within minutes of meeting Joanna Albers the student nutrition program coordinator and Core French teacher at Sandowne Public school you quickly realize youJoanna Albers are with someone who has passion for her school, her students and the power of the Nutrition for Learning program.  This year the school moved away from outside volunteers to staff volunteers with the support of 15 student volunteers. Joanna is leading a team of 3 school staff organizing and overseeing the nutrition program for all grades JK to 6 in 15 classrooms.

The program runs 5 days a week and approximately 100 students access the nutrition baskets daily.  Tuesday after school staff and students bag and sort the various food items for distribution and then each morning at the first nutrition break at 11:15 am students will fill the baskets appropriately and distribute them to the classrooms.  At the end of the second nutrition break students will retrieve all of the baskets.  Joanna is very good at organizing and each day is color coded and labelled not only for the fridge items but also the daily menus.

Joanna and her team believe in growing leaders, students can apply to be a volunteer in Grade 4 and continue on until Grade 6 where they truly mentor the younger volunteers in the program.  The school also reached out on how to be environmentally friendly and the ECO team was formed called the “ECO Stars” who made several suggestions that have been incorporated into their programs including the use of paper bags for cereal and crackers as well as suggesting apples vs apple sauce to reduce waste.

There were challenges at the beginning of the year navigating volume however with welcomed quick feedback from staff and students they could adjust quickly to appropriate quantities.  Understanding what is most appropriate as well as welcomed food items was a part of their surveys and she continues to adjust as options become available.

 

 

When asked about THE IMPACT of the program in the classroom Joanna was quick to answer with the answer that students are very much:

  • Students ore attentive in the classroom
  • Students are excited about having healthy options
  • Students look forward to the program as soon as they return from summer and other holiday breaks
  • Teachers shared that the apples first thing in the morning are very much welcomed and appreciated by students who didn’t have breakfast before school

Joanna states that ” Creating the leadership team and developing new skills as volunteers at school and watching them all come together for the same cause,  I consider a real success for the program.  As well we are building a positive caring community at school where students never feel any shame accessing the food in the programs. We are very grateful for our program not just for the food but also the opportunity to develop new leaders.”

 

School Finder

School Support Portal

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A new School Support Portal is available now so you can support a school of your choice and make a donation directly to the desired school and 100% of  your donation will be directed to the specific program at that school.

The page will allow you to search for the school of your choice and you can make a one time or monthly donation to support your school and you will receive a charitable receipt.

SCHOOL SUPPORT PORTAL   Portal Link

 

 

Bins for the classroom Nutrition for Learning

Healthy Bodies – Healthy Minds

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The new school year has begun and over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers. 

We could not do this with out you and the approximately 2,000 volunteers  who prepare and operate the programs to  ensure students have universal access to the Bin Programsnutritious food they need at school.

Student Nutrition programs at school play a major role in building a community of students that nurture the potential in each other with healthy food options for any hunger moment and offers an equal chance of success in the classroom for all children and youth.  Teachers – Volunteers – Administrators see the impact in the classroom daily

At every grade level, classrooms are better places to learn when students have access to the food and nutrition they need. Students are more attentive, engaged and productive in the class and around the school.  The entire community benefits when schools function at a higher level.

 

Cathy Pither Local Hero

Local Hero

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Not every hero wears a cape. Heroic deeds don’t have to involve super strength or invisibility…just like Cathy Pither. Check it out, Brady & Tara award another Local Hero award!
VIDEO OF HER SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT at PEP RALLY below.

Cathy Pither Local Hero

https://www.chymfm.com/…/brady-tara-award-another-local-hero

 

 

Special thanks to the Waterloo Regional Police Association, it’s because of you we can recognize people who make a

difference every day in our community!

 

 

Local Hero

Volunteer Student Tayla

Student Volunteer Spotlight

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Tayla Leythorpe, a grade 5 student in Waterloo has done a Lemonade sale, from her family’s home driveway, for the last three summers to raise money to support Nutrition for Learning.

Tayla was visiting a Waterloo school her mother, Libby Leythorpe teaches at and asked, “what are these bins full of food for?”  Libby explained that Nutrition for Learning provides the students at her school with a healthy food in each classroom in case a student gets hungry and needs a snack.  Tayla wondered why the students couldn’t just grab a snack from their lunch bags.  Libby went on to explain that sometimes students don’t bring enough food to get them through the whole day and sometimes if they do have enough in their lunches it is not as healthy as the snacks from the bin.

Tayla liked that Nutrition for Learning was providing students with these snacks and fixing these issues so kids didn’t have to worry about being hungry and they could just be kids.  Tayla could relate to feeling hungry and need a snack because she has her hunger moments after dance practice and before first nutrition break.   Tayla loves that Nutrition for learning feeds kids so their brains can learn and decided she wanted to raise money to help them.

Tayla thought the idea to have a Lemonade sale in front of her house in the summer would help her raise some money for Nutrition for Learning.  “I like knowing I can raise enough money to make change in my community”

Tayla is a bright, sweet considerate young lady.  She is quick to help others and hates to see people frown.  She just wants everyone to be happy.  This is why she has decided to donate all the money she raises each summer to Nutrition for Learning “Even a smile is a donation to a person cause your making another person smile”

THANK YOU Tayla

Media Release September 2019

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MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release – September 3rd, 2019

Over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of Nutrition for Learning, volunteers and donors.

Nutrition for Learning has been a local charity for over 21 years across Waterloo Region with a mission to support the overall wellbeing of students and their ability to learn by ensuring that every student can attend school well nourished.  Nutrition for Learning looks forward to the future when all schools in Waterloo Region can operate a Student Nutrition Program that is universally accessible to all students at school.

Approximately 2,000 volunteers prepare and operate the Nutrition for Learning programs in the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the French School Board.   It is people like our Volunteer of the Year Cathy Pither at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School who ensure students have universal access to the nutritious food they need at school.    –   VideoVolunteer of the Year

Student Nutrition programs at school play a major role in building a community of students that nurture the potential in each other with healthy food options for any hunger moment and offers an equal chance of success in the classroom for all children and youth.  Teachers – Volunteers – Administrators see the impact in the classroom daily

At every grade level, classrooms are better places to learn when students have access to the food and nutrition they need. Students are more attentive, engaged and productive in the class and around the school.  The entire community benefits when schools function at a higher level. Without the support of community volunteers and the contributions of many local donors we would not be able to provide the nutritious food needed every day in local schools.

Nutrition for Learning is partner of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) which is a network of 14 lead agencies and 39 community partnerships that exist to provide funding and support to healthy breakfast, snack and lunch programs across the province. With seed funding from the province of Ontario, SNO lead agencies and their partners work to support the success of local school nutrition programs. They are the unified voice that connects an extensive network, enabling students to eat, learn, and succeed.

Across Ontario over a million students will have access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks in part to the support of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) and their partners.

For more information contact

Brian Banks – Interim Executive Director

Nutrition for Learning

www.nutritionforlearning.ca

495 Waydom Drive Unit 2, Ayr Ontario N0B 1R0

519-624-5744 E-mail:  bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca

Media Release June 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

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MEDIA RELEASE

CATHY PITHER – Jacob Hespeler Secondary School

Nutrition for Learning’s

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Cathy Pither is a remarkable and inspiring volunteer for the Jacob Hespeler Secondary School Breakfast club.  Cathy coordinates a multitude of staff volunteers to ensure the students have a healthy start to their day, and all of this is done before her actual workday begin at school

Cathy has a unique talent to raise funds for the program and runs fundraising pizza nights as well as volunteering at fun Bingo nights with all proceeds going to the Nutrition for Learning Breakfast Program at her school.

She promotes her Nutrition for Learning breakfast program by attending evening events to promote the program, including School Council meetings, Grade 8 Welcome Night and Parent Teacher Interview Nights.

That should be enough for a normal dedicated community volunteer however she  also coaches the varsity softball team and is the time clock runner for all the home Jr. and Sr. football team games. As well in the community, she is a true Hespelerite and huge supporter of the Hespeler Community through her participation in the Hespeler Hockey Mom’s Association and fundraising for the Hespeler Hockey Association. She organized Poinsettia sales and runs the Hockey Mom Dance, and year end Hockey banquet. She is also a member of the Legion branch 272 and assists with their banquets and other Legion functions.  For more information please contact Brian Banks at bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca or call 519-624-5744.

ABOUT NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

Nutrition for Learning provides daily access to student nutrition programs currently in 136 schools to over 23,000 students a day in Waterloo Region. The children benefiting from the program may not be stereo-typical, low-income kids.  There a lot of reasons why kids may be hungry at school but whatever the reason they are welcome to the table.

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Additional resources and information available at  www.nutritionforlearning.ca

Cathy Pither –Video Volunteer of the Year

Media Release June 2019

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MEDIA RELEASE

THANK YOU – TEACHERS

Education Assistants and Volunteers

Teachers, Educational Assistants and Volunteers are at the heart and the very essence of Nutrition for Learning’s ability to offer student nutrition programs in local schools. Nutrition for Learning Volunteer’s positive, encouraging and welcoming environments are created through their passion, kindness and commitment to ensuring there is universal access to the appropriate food and nutrition at school.  Nutrition for Learning is very proud of the many dedicated and caring individuals who share their energy, time and compassion for the well-being of all students.

THANK YOU

This June, Nutrition for Learning is suggesting that if parents and students are looking for something special to recognize a special teacher or someone at school please consider a donation in honor of someone special at school which includes a special ecard available at www.nutritionforlearning.ca/teacher

For more info Brian Banks at bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca or 519-624-5744

ABOUT NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

Nutrition for Learning provides daily access to student nutrition programs currently in 136 schools to over 23,000 students a day in Waterloo Region. The children benefiting from the program may not be stereo-typical, low-income kids.  There a lot of reasons why kids may be hungry at school but whatever the reason they are welcome to the table.

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Additional resources and information available at  www.nutritionforlearning.ca

VIDEO – Teacher, volunteer and administrator testimonials