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CHRISTMAS 2021 ❆ BC HOLSTEIN NEWS 65
 BC Dairy Producers Support Classroom Learnin
 The +Milk Program Provides Building Blocks Towards a Lifetime of Healthy Eating
Kate Ayers, B.Sc. (Agr.), University of Guelph
As part of the overarching BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program, schools can also participate in +Milk for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students.
 BC dairy producers help provide elementary students with local milk as a classroom snack. As part of the overarching BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program, schools can also participate in +Milk for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students. “The BC Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program goes into all registered First Nation and public schools,” says Pat Tonn, executive director of the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC). Following some challenges related to COVID-19, “We’re back up to a greater capacity again,” she adds.
With support from the BC Ministry of Health and BC Dairy, 719 schools enrolled in the program during the 2021-22 school year. This participation equates to 137,279 servings of milk provided by BC dairy producers.
“BC Dairy has helped fund the +Milk program since the program began in 2013. In 2013, the +Milk program was offered to Grades K - 2 classrooms across the province. In 2016, the program expanded to offer fresh and local milk to Grades K - 5 classrooms across the province,” says Carmen Gorlick, a registered dietitian with BC Dairy.
Not only do these organizations provide a healthy and nutritious snack for students, but they also collaborate on program resources to raise student awareness about dairy production and nutrition.
Primary students can learn more about farm-food connections through “A Cow ’s Tale,” which is a series of informative stories and activities centred around milk and dairy farming. The resource is compiled of “chapters detailing everything about the production of milk, the life of cattle in the barn, questions and answers, and games and activities that help children learn about the life of a dairy cow,” Tonn explains.
Primary and intermediate students can also engage with Fresh Stories, which is a poster featuring curriculum-connected activities. “The educational resources on milk that go along with the +Milk program were created to support teachers to use the classroom milk time to teach about BC agriculture, eating well and help educate youth on the safe handling of milk; where food/milk comes from; and how consuming BC grown/raised products supports local farmers,” Gorlick says.
Overall, the response from the program’s delivery is positive across the board. “We get evaluations every time we send out products to the schools from coordinators and teachers who receive them. They say that the kids cheer when they see the milk man coming,” Tonn smiles. “The teachers are proud to have milk as a healthy snack in their classrooms. And of course, they connect it to positive learning and great messages that connect to their curriculums.”
Kids cheer when they see the milk man coming, says Pat Tonn, executive director of the
BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.
Primary students can learn more about farm- food connections through “A Cow’s Tale,” which is a series of informative stories and activities centred around milk and dairy farming.
BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation photos
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