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Lettuce tell you the facts
While 43% of eligible schools are officially Crunch&Sip certified, many more schools are participating informally. We frequently hear from non-certified schools that believe they have joined the program as students participate in a fruit and vegie break during the day. We encourage all schools to check their certification status here.
For other schools, Crunch&Sip can seem like a great idea but may be put on the shelf due to perceived barriers to participation. We’ve listened to your feedback and want to bust a few of the myths about signing up to become a Crunch&Sip school.
Myth 1: The certification process is too difficult.
We’ve put our certification process under the microscope and have simplified it into 3 easy steps:
- Nominate a Crunch&Sip Coordinator.
- Complete the Crunch&Sip certification checklist and take the pledge.
- Complete the online application form.
Myth 2: There’s no extra benefit in signing up – we’re doing it anyway.
By certifying your school with Crunch&Sip you can support the health of your students while also securing a number of exclusive benefits, including:
- Access to resources. Certified schools receive goodies like desk mats, stickers, an apple slinky machine, tally charts and the Crunch&Sip rap.
- Starter grant. New schools may be eligible for a starter grant to launch the program at the school.
- Recognition. New schools receive a Crunch&Sip fence sign and framed certificate to display and are acknowledged on the Crunch&Sip website.
- Regular updates. Receive regular updates about new resources and exclusive promotions and competitions.
- Promote long term success. Becoming a Crunch&Sip School sets clear expectations to students, parents, teachers and the school community, embedding the program as a whole school initiative.
Myth 3: We can’t possibly fit it into our day
We understand that schools are busy places with a jam packed curriculum. Crunch&Sip is designed to support learning rather than detract from it.
Crunch&Sip can occur during normal class activities such as news time, story read-alouds or silent reading. It is not intended to be a mini-recess in the classroom. Many teachers report that refuelling hungry tummies with healthy foods improves concentration and learning.
Myth 4: Students won’t bring in vegetables and fruit.
If students aren’t bringing in Crunch&Sip the first step is to find out why.
If students are simply forgetting, try sending a letter or parent reminder magnet home with students, or remind students at the end of each day to bring in Crunch&Sip. Order free hard-copy parent resources or download a letter template from the Crunch&Sip website. If students are reluctant to get involved, try hosting a Crunch&Sip event or role-modelling fruit and vegetable eating.
While most parents are supportive of the program some students may be unable to access fruit and vegetables from home. It is important to find strategies to support these students such as partnering with a local grower or store for sponsorship, planting fruit trees or a vegetable garden at the school, providing fruit and veg at cost price through the school canteen or contacting charity organisations such as Foodbank WA. Through the School Breakfast Program, Foodbank WA may be able to provide fruit and vegetables for Crunch&Sip. Speak to one of the Crunch&Sip staff for support and ideas if you are stuck.
Myth 5: Students will make a mess in the classroom.
While all fruit and veg are healthy choices, some are less suitable for Crunch&Sip. Encourage students to bring easy to eat, pre-cut vegetables or fruit. If needed, make your own class rules if you are experiencing issues with certain fruit and vegies (e.g. whole oranges can be messy and sticky)
To prevent water spillages on desks try placing water bottles on the floor next to each desk, asking students to use a sports cap to minimise spillage, and placing frozen bottles in a clear plastic bag to minimise mess as they thaw.
For more information please contact the friendly Crunch&Sip team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9212 4333.