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.


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.




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!

Cathy Pither Local Hero…/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”