It was the eighth annual
Rooting for Health event. The program sees a school from each of the province’s
regions host a special breakfast event, complete with speakers from local
farms, to learn about the relationship between agriculture and health.
Nickie Shanks, regional
coordinator of Vista, Burin and Avalon West, for Kids Eat Smart was on hand at
There were other special
guests, including Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway and the local Lions Club, who
contribute to the community through funding and volunteerism.
This year, the local school
chosen was Random Island Academy (RIA) — featuring pancakes, French toast,
yogurt and fruit prepared by local chef and RIA graduate Ben Green of Eastern
Both Krista Chatman of Three
Mile Ridge Farm and The Peddles both spoke to the students, as well.
Chatman actually brought
along some animals — a couple bunnies and a goat — while talking about how
important it is to grow food locally and how amazing it is that a vegetable
like a turnip, which is good for you, can be grown from tiny seeds in the
Sandra Wiseman of RIA runs
the school’s breakfast program each day.
She says when the kids have
a healthy breakfast, they learn better.
“A lot of kids come to
school and travel a half an hour distance, so they can’t really have breakfast
at home, and by the time they get here, they’re hungry,” she said.
She added, by learning more
about eating healthy at events like this, it contributes to their own health,
growth and knowledge.
Principal Curt Blackmore
says programs like the breakfast club are thanks to people like Wiseman, as
well as the many volunteers who help run it each morning.
He says it exemplifies the
support of a small rural school and the sense of community they have.
“Right now, the community
feel we have in our school, I think, is strong,” said Blackmore.
He also thanked Nickie
Shanks and Kids Eat Smart for picking their school to host the Rooting for