Students at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham and St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna joined thousands of others across Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton today to celebrate the Ontario Student Nutrition Program's annual Great Big Crunch.
"It was one loud, snappy and simultaneous crunch as our students bit into their shiny red apples," says Americo Todino, Principal of Georges P. Vanier Catholic School. "We want to say 'thank you' to the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program for supplying all of the apples to our students for this annual event, which helps to promote healthy eating in our schools."
"Great Big Crunch is a fun way reinforce the positive messages about healthy eating that students in our schools hear every day!" says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna.
"Great Big Crunch is also a great way to educate our students about the tremendous abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables that are locally grown," says Dan Parr, Director of Education.
Last year, 475 volunteers logged more than 23,600 hours working to provide a nutritious snack or meal to 6,631 students every day through the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program. In Sarnia-Lambton, more than 13,400 apples were supplied at 44 schools, which participated in the Great Big Crunch this year.
In the photos (above left) taking a bite out of their apples during Great Big Crunch are (L-R) Americo Todino, Principal Georges P. Vanier Catholic School; GPV students; Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board; and Al Davies, Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program; and (above right) students at St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna help spread the message about the importance of good nutrition through the Great Big Crunch event.