Drop the Pop

Drop the Pop NWT

Past Year's Winners

2016-2017 Winners: Ride the Wave

The 2016-2017 theme was “Ride the Wave” which encouraged students to continue their commitment to reduce consumption of pop and other sugary beverages. 14 schools were deserving of recognition this year for their efforts. Schools also promoted other activities to motivate their students to make healthy choices.  Here is a list of the winning schools and highlights of what they did to “Drop the Pop!”

District Education Authority

Activity Summary

Beaufort Delta Education Council

Moose Kerr School
Aklavik

Olive Pascal, Principal

The School started with a Drop the Pop pledge that involved the entire school’s population. Students who worked with the teachers went class to class talking about reasons not to drink pop.  Teachers created a Drop the Pop Pledge Poster – all students who signed pledges had their names displayed on the poster in the main foyer for all to view.  Students were also invited to create a class poster in support of drinking healthier beverages such as water.  Students who submitted posters won $10.00 Northern Store gift prizes.

Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School
Ulukhaktok

Richard McKinnon, Principal

Drop the Pop took place over 4 weeks this year, with a focus on eating and drinking healthier snacks and beverages.  Students prepared snacks and distributed educational benefits about the benefits of the healthy snacks they served to other students.  Students also did exercises such as stretching, yoga, cardio, aerobics, snow shoeing, and Nordic walking in the afternoons.   It was observed that students were choosing more water.

South Slave District Education Council

Chief Sunrise Education Centre
Hay River

Christina Steen, Principal

This school organized a study over two weeks that examined whether there were effects on mood depending on the types of food eaten.  Over the two week period, students tracked their moods.  Findings from the study showed that although students did not change their exercise patterns, they were challenged to make positive food and exercise choices outside of the school.  Participating students received water bottles and toques.

Harry Camsell Elementary
Hay River

Carolyn Carroll, Principal

The school sent a Drop the Pop pledge sign-up sheet home with students.  Parents signed sheet for every day their child did not drink pop

Deninu School
Fort Resolution

Kate Powell, Principal

The School worked with their Community Health Representative and Regional Dietitian to demonstrate effects of sugary beverages.  Students also signed pledges to Drop the Pop for two weeks.  Students that committed to drop the pop for two weeks received blankets as prizes. 

Students from K-12 classes participated in planning and preparing healthy beverages and snacks for the whole school, such as flavoured waters using fruits and vegetables.  These flavoured waters were a hit with the students.

Deh Cho Divisional Education Council

Thomas Simpson Secondary
Fort Simpson

Sherri Thomson, Principal

The School promoted drinking water and installed a water bottle filling station.  From March – June, the school did a study that looked at the amount of sugar not consumed by drinking water instead of sugary beverages. 

Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency

Jean Wetrade School
Gameti

Brendan Mulcahy, Principal

Students choose healthier drink alternatives, were provided information on why sugar is unhealthy as well as the negative effects of sugary on teeth by conducting the egg in soda experiments. 

The school held daily entries for ‘end of week’ draws that include prizes such as mini blenders, frozen fruit, fruit baskets, and gift cards. 

Yellowknife Catholic Schools

Ecolé Saint Patrick High School

Coleen McDonald, Principal

The school promoted healthy alternatives to pop and energy drinks through the Rock Café. Students participated in teacher-guided sessions on identifying high sugar beverages and benefits of drinking water and other healthy beverages.

École St. Joseph School

Patrick Sullivan, Principal

The whole school participated in Drop the Pop in order to encourage healthier food and drink choices and to raise student awareness about healthy food choices, such as through daily news and other information.

Yellowknife Education District No. 1

École Sir John Franklin

Dean MacInnis, Principal

This year the school conducted two projects:
Project #1 involved working with a 1st year Aurora College student nurses.  The nursing students worked with the Grade 5 students to create a presentation for Grades 1 – 3 that included speaking about the nutritional value of ingredients in smoothie recipes.  The students then prepared smoothie recipes for their classes. The nursing students helped direct the children develop the information for their presentations. 

Project #2 funding was used to buy water bottles for the students to fill up using the new water fountain station.

Young Offenders Facility joined École Sir John Franklin High School in order to purchase water filling stations.

The facility purchased ingredients for healthy meals. Students selected a recipe, made shopping lists, read nutrition labels, and bought ingredients within a set budget and cooperatively cooked the meals. The water fountain promoted drinking water instead of pop.

École JH Sissons

Rachell Simmons, Principal

This year the school conducted two projects:
Project #1 involved working with a 1st year Aurora College student nurses.  The nursing students worked with the Grade 5 students to create a presentation for Grades 1 – 3 that included speaking about the nutritional value of ingredients in smoothie recipes.  The students then prepared smoothie recipes for their classes. The nursing students helped direct the children develop the information for their presentations. 

Project #2 funding not used for the first project was used to buy water bottles for the students to fill up using the new water fountain station. 

Commission Scolaire

Ecole Allain St-Cyr
Yellowknife

Genevieve Charron, Principal

École Allain St-Cyr conducted several school wide events over 7 days, such as a smoothie making contest and recipe sharing. 

The school also created a water infusion bar using fruit and vegetables, taste testing of unfamiliar healthy foods and healthy messages each morning as part of each day’s announcements.
Dettah District Education Authority

Kaw Tay Whee School

Neil Penney, Principal

This year, the school organized a Drop the Pop student leadership team to empower the students to plan activities for the whole school encompassing healthy eating and drinking through hands-on, nutrition-related learning experiences.
These experiences including a cooking/snack making event using a TV show format to demonstrate fun and exciting whole food base snacks and drinks including dairy-based smoothies, sushi and other types of healthy lunches. 

The leadership team created a plan, developed a grocery list and bought the ingredients and scheduled the preparation of foods for snacks and lunches over two weeks.

The major benefits from this experience included opportunities for students to work in collaboration, learn teamwork and organizational skills as well as food safety and leadership skills.

All school students learned more about sugar consumption, healthy hydration, portion sizes and eating balanced meals.

The Drop the Pop Leadership Team has been a very positive experience for the school and students look forward to this experience and are highly engaged in the process.