Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge grant shared among 10 provincial schools

July 2, 2019

REGINA–Ten schools in Saskatchewan will each receive a $10,000 grant to support student nutrition after being selected to win this year’s Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge. The announcement was made recently by the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

More than 80 schools from across the province submitted their projects to compete for a total of $100,000 in prizes, provided by Mosaic. Schools receiving grants as part of this year’s Mosaic Challenge are part of the Good Spirit, Greater Saskatoon Catholic, Living Sky, Northern Lights, Northwest, Regina Catholic, Regina Public, Saskatoon Public and South East Cornerstone school divisions.

To encourage grassroots initiatives to help improve student nutrition, the Mosaic Challenge began in 2006. Mosaic and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have continued to partner for the initiative since then.

“The response to this program continues to grow year over year, which speaks to the need for and interest in making nutrition a daily part of student lives,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, vice-president, public affairs and government relations at The Mosaic Company. “Helping the world grow the food it needs is our mission at Mosaic, and we look forward to hearing about the efforts of the 10 winning schools as they help connect students with food and nutrition in unique ways.”

The grants will support projects that have goals including creating or improving kitchen and garden facilities; enhancing education for students, families and communities about nutrition, food safety, life skills and Indigenous knowledge; aiding in the path toward reconciliation; and developing or furthering breakfast, snack and other programs.

“School boards across Saskatchewan are very grateful for Mosaic’s continued generosity in funding this effort to support nutrition environments,” said Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA. “We are proud of the success for this exemplary and long-running partnership.”

The list of schools that shared in the funding initiative include Arcola Community School and Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School in Regina, Bishop James Mahoney High School and Marion M. Graham Collegiate in Saskatoon, Dr. Brass School in Yorkton and Hillmond Central School in Lloydminster.

Among the smaller centres to be recognized were Glaslyn Central School, Midale Central School, Spiritwood High School and Valley View School in Beauval.