FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
High Prairie, Alberta
– Education Minister David Eggen toured High Prairie Elementary School on Tuesday, November 29th, the first of many school visits to observe the newly initiated nutrition pilot project. Minister Eggen was greeted by Grade 6 ambassadors Connor Norgaard and Noralee Cunningham to offer a tour of the school followed by lunch with the Grade 6 class. Students were able to ask questions of the Minister and were quite thrilled to get his autograph. HPSD Trustees were there as well to meet Minister Eggen along with Superintendent Laura Poloz, Deputy Superintendent Margaret Hartman, Divisional Psychologist Colin Collett, Wellness Coach Jessie Johnson, Alberta Health Services Health Promotion Coordinator Melaney Sexsmith, and Freson Bros. Manager Matt Lovsin. Freson Bros. of High Prairie is the vendor providing the nutritional supports to students at High Prairie Elementary. Minister Eggen was able to tour the new HPSD Learning Support Centre afterwards and speak to the HPSD Principals and Vice Principals as they were in the facility for their regularly scheduled administrators meeting. The minister then met with HPSD Trustees and Executive Council to discuss opportunities regarding the proposed joint-jurisdictional high school/post-secondary institution, the incoming carbon levy, and the curriculum review and proposed Education Act.
High Prairie Elementary School and École Routhier School are participating in the $250,000 pilot project which will provide both universal and targeted nutritional supports for our students. While there are several opportunities to address health, wellness, and nutrition throughout Alberta’s current curriculum, another important component of the pilot program is using the curriculum to help ensure students, teachers, parents, caregivers, and community members have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of reading food labels, choice and preparation of healthy foods, and access to Alberta’s food resources. High Prairie School Division would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Minster Eggen for coming to our division. HPSD is pleased to have had this opportunity and welcome him and his staff back to see the positive results from this project.
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