(Ashley MacDougall photo:)

(Ashley MacDougall photo:)

Barriere students learning how to live a healthy life

It has been a busy start to the year in the Barriere Elementary grade 5/6 classroom, and thanks to the generous help and support from our community we have been doing some exciting things.

Students have been learning what living a healthy life means to them through presentations, projects and cooking. We are focusing on healthy eating, hygiene, sleep, exercise, and mental health – all in the efforts to set ourselves up for a long healthy life.

We have had a presentation from our public health nurse, Angela Semrick, about the importance of hand washing, and another from our school and family consultant, Jen Kerslake, about the brain and feelings. We also had presentation about proper dental hygiene from two dental hygienist at Interior Health, and students went home with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to help keep their teeth clean.

Each week students are also creating healthy snacks or meals to enjoy and critique.

As the year goes on and we hone our skills, we hope to invite in other classes to enjoy our creations and learn with us.

This program would not have been possible without the support from the amazing people in our small town of Barriere. A special thanks goes out to Timbermart, Gabion Walls, AG Foods, Interior Savings, Derek and Val Stamer, D’Arcy and Glenda Feller, Barriere IDA, and Cam Rauschenber of Investors Group. Their incredible donations have purchased: Hygiene kits to teach the importance of proper hygiene; cooking equipment and the food for cooking each week; and Tupperware containers for students to bring healthy waste-free lunches each day.

Stay tuned in the upcoming months for Barriere Elementary updates on our journey to living our healthiest lives possible.