The staff and students of Three Lakes School in Middle Lake were thrilled to learn that they had been selected as recipients of one of 10 Mosaic’s School Nutrition Challenge awards. The $10,000 grants help schools develop and improve nutrition programs and facilities in recipient schools.

“Mosaic is proud to support the Mosaic School Nutrition Challenge, now in its 16th year, by funding 10 exciting new projects,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, North America. “The winning schools identified innovative and inclusive ways to implement nutrition education and programs that will have a lasting impact on students and their schools.

Three Lakes School was the only school in the Horizon School Division to be given the go-ahead for the award. Director Nadine Jennison said plans were in place to use the funds wisely. The hope is to create a workspace for food preparation to support the nutrition curriculum and eventually new school courses that support nutrition education.

“We are transforming our staff room into a multi-purpose room that will be used for home economics and our before and after school program, and there could be a cooking club.”

The new space will also house the breakfast program which is currently operational. Home baking would be an option for breakfasts, and the new equipment will also be used when the school occasionally hosts hot lunches.

“We operate with one stove, so we are very excited. We’re going to be installing an island, so it’s a great workspace for the students, plus an extra fridge and stove and a pantry for all our food.

Until now, all home economics classes for students had taken place at the town hall. With the renovation, this teaching can be housed in the school, creating a much more efficient situation. It is also possible to expand the programming with the addition of commercial cooking classes for senior students. Planning is underway for the exact design and the project is expected to be completed by the fall.

Baking seasonal treats like Christmas cookies and Easter eggs will be easier and more special with new gear and digs.