Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
October 2014

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School Grant Opportunities
To check out the following grant opportunities and many more, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here.


Cherniavsky's 'Mr.Music' Fund

Deadline: Oct. 10

Artists in the Classroom Grant

Deadline: Oct. 17

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program

Deadline: Nov. 1

MusiCounts Band Aid Grant

Deadline: Nov. 7


Nike N7 Fund

Deadline: Nov. 15


Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant

Deadline: Nov. 30


Science World's BC Green Games

Deadline: Nov. 30

Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating School Food Grant



Year-Round Intake


Computers for Schools BC

Year-Round Intake


BC Hydro Sponsorship 

Year-Round Intake


RBC After School Project Grants 

Year-Round Intake

Video of the Month:

Penticton Christian School

Students at Penticton Christian School used an inquiry-based approach to discover whether an increased level of student empathy for a non-profit organization would affect the quality of interactions between students within their school community. Watch their video about how they answered their question here!


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Featured Articles

Apply for a Healthy Living Grant!

Grants available soon through the Healthy Schools Network


The Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is an open learning community of educators, students, and community members from across the province. Members work together to optimize health and learning, meet healthy living goals, and improve overall wellbeing in students and the broader school community. 

Through the HSN, there will be two Healthy Schools Network grants available soon: the Healthy Living Activity Grant and the Healthy Living Inquiry Grant. These grants are intended to support improvements in health and learning for students and school communities across BC. To learn more about these grants, see when they will be available and how to apply, click here.  

Light Up the World Purple for World Mental Health Day

Amanda Todd Legacy Society


October 10th is World Mental Health Day. October 10th is also the day that Amanda Todd, a BC teenager, took her own life after experiencing the effects of bullying and cyber-abuse. In honour of Amanda, and to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health, communities around the world will be lighting up purple on World Mental Health Day. Read the article here. 

DASH Update

What Is a Healthy School?

Watch this inspiring video!


A healthy school is a place where students have many opportunities - in the classroom, and in every aspect of their school experience - to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development. In this "What Is a Healthy School?" video,educators, health professionals, community members, youth leaders, and students define what a healthy school means to them. Click here to read more about healthy schools and watch the video. 

Healthy Schools BC September Newsletter

It's not too late to read September's edition


Did you miss the September edition of the Healthy Schools BC Newsletter? Don't worry, you can check it out here! Read about how BC Schools are motivating each other to run, download delicious kid-friendly recipes available from Breakfast for Learning, celebrate 10 years of Action Schools! BC, watch videos about bannock and traditional foods, and more!  

School Connectedness

School Connectedness Grants Awarded

Let's learn together


Congratulations to the six BC schools and districts that have been awarded grants of $5000 in recognition of their excellent work in school connectedness! School connectedness is about creating a school community where everyone feels safe, seen, heard, supported, significant and cared for. To learn more about these six schools and districts, and about school connectedness, click here.  

Healthy Schools Stories

Are We Drinking Enough Water?

Summerland Middle School shares their story


Grade 8 Advisory students at Summerland Middle School were curious about the impact that access to quality drinking water has on their health. With the support of the Healthy Living Performance Standards, students explored this issue by asking, "Are we drinking enough water at school, and is our current access to quality drinking water preventing us from optimal health?" Click here to read their story.


Each month, we highlight healthy schools stories. Have a healthy school story to share? DASH wants to hear from you! Click here to view the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map to read more stories and submit your own.   

Teacher Resources

How Do Children Determine Whether Packaged Food Is Healthy?

Media Literacy and Food Marketing Fact Sheets


A Media Literacy and Food Marketing curriculum has been developed from focus groups with over 600 Canadian children in Grades 1 to 9. Children discussed their thoughts on package images, colours and claims, as well as the nutrition facts table and ingredient lists. Children were asked what they look for on food packaging to determine whether the food was healthy. Click here to read more.

October Is Health Literacy Month

Be a health literacy hero!


October is Health Literacy Month. The theme for Health Literacy Month 2014 is "Be a Health Literacy Hero." Health literacy is the ability to access, understand, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across a lifetime. Read more here.