APPLE School Program receives international recognition

FORT ST. JOHN, BC — A program used by Duncan Cran Elementary received international recognition in October.

The program works with nearly 30,000 students, including those at Duncan Cran Elementary in Fort St. John.

Principal Peet Griff says the school has been in the program for three years.

“APPLE Schools has been a great experience for students at Duncan Cran,” said Griff.

The program emphasizes healthy eating and active living for students. Through the program, the school held events such as a candy swap where students could exchange candy they received on Halloween for fruits and vegetables.

The APPLE School Program is a healthy living initiative for schools in British Columbia, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Manitoba. The program emphasizes healthy eating, appropriate physical activity, and developing good mental health habits for students.

The program was recently ranked among the top 100 global educational initiatives by HundrED. This is the second time the program has won the award, the first time in 2020.

“This prestigious recognition will help amplify our project to more deserving students across Canada, and perhaps one day around the world,” said a statement from APPLE Schools.

Visit their website to learn more about APPLE Schools and its recent award.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University’s English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games, and Dungeons and Dragons.