Tryall fund hosts second nutritional training workshop
In keeping with its mandate to upgrade adopted basic schools, the Tryall Fund's Success by Six Basic Schools Project hosted its second nutritional training workshop at the Sandy Bay Community Basic School in Hanover recently.
Cooks and principals from four basic schools participated in the five-day workshop, which was facilitated by Chef Latoya Panton. The participating schools were Sandy Bay Community Basic School, Hopewell Christian Deliverance Centre Basic School, Mt Pelier Basic School, and the Chambers Pen Basic School.
The first two days of the workshop were held at the Hopewell Christian Deliverance Centre Basic School with all participants in attendance, while the final three days took place at the respective schools.
Topics covered included food safety, sanitation, personal hygiene, nutritional needs of young children, and correct meal preparation for children, with emphasis on proper nutritional input. The responsibilities of a cook in the field of professional childcare was also a key element of the workshop.
"The workshop did me good. I really learned how important my job is in the life of the students," Monica Reid, a cook at the Sandy Bay Community Basic School, said. "I also got new ideas for dishes I can prepare for the children using the same ingredients."
Directors of the Tryall Fund, Christine Gore and Anne Curtin, presented certificates and gifts to all participants at the workshop's graduation ceremony, which was held at the Sandy Bay Community Basic School.
In her address, Gore, co-chair of the Success by Six Project, said the Tryall Fund was committed to supporting Hanover basic schools. She also acknowledged the support of the fund's partners, which included the Early Childhood Commission, Helping Hands Across Canada, and Food For The Poor.
Tryall Fund's Success by Six Project is designed to implement a model programme for three- to five-year-olds and their caregivers, focusing on education, literacy, health, and nutrition. The fund renovates and upgrades existing school buildings and provides teachers with training and nutrition support and computerised literacy programmes.