The Kamsack Comprehensive Institute (KCI) has been successful in obtaining one of 10 grants of $10,000 awarded to 10 schools in Saskatchewan.
The funding will be used to help with the costs of running an Outdoor Wellness program during the 2020/21 school year, according to Jeremy Allard, Aboriginal community worker at KCI.
“The objective of the program is to help students be aware of the things that contribute to wellness and how to practice self care,” Allard said in a release. “The program will provide nutritional and cultural education, through various activities that focus on physical, mental, spiritual, and social development. Activities will be planned and organized by school staff and delivered with the assistance of community leaders and resources.”
Parents will also be invited to participate alongside their children, contributing to the relationships between staff, students, and community.
“We are very excited to be able to provide students with this opportunity as a result of the financial support from Mosaic,” Allard continued. “Programs like this contribute directly to our division motto of "Students Come First" and our division mission of "Building Strong Foundations to Create Bright Futures.”
“The success of this program grows year over year, thanks in large part to the commitment from educators in our province,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, The Mosaic Company’s vice-president, public affairs and government relations, North America, in a release. “Now, in its 14th year, Mosaic remains committed to funding the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge to ensure 10 more schools can provide healthier school environments for their students.”
The grants will support winning projects that have goals including building or renovating kitchen, garden and other indoor and outdoor facilities; enhancing, through courses, clubs and other efforts, the learning opportunities available for students, families and communities about topics including nutrition, cooking, Indigenous traditional knowledge and environmental sustainability; promoting reconciliation and celebrating cultures; and, implementing or increasing breakfast, lunch and other programs.
Schools from across the province submitted their projects to compete for the total of $100,000 in prizes, provided by Mosaic. Schools receiving grants this year are part of the Good Spirit, Greater Saskatoon Catholic, Horizon, North East, Prairie South, Regina Catholic, Saskatchewan Rivers, Saskatoon Public and South East Cornerstone school divisions and the Muskoday First Nation.