Drop the Pop

Drop the Pop NWT

2019-2020 Award Winners


All NWT schools that participate in Drop the Pop do a great job every year to encourage students to continue their commitment to reduce sugary beverages consumption. 16 schools were deserving of recognition this year for their efforts. Some 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

Angik School


  • Assembly kick-off for Drop the Pop.
  • Partnered with RCMP in the community in their monthly mini Mountie program.
  • Promoted drinking tap water using water filters and reusable glasses for each classroom.

Chief Paul Niditchie School


  • Students learned about healthy drinks during sports and other activities.
  • Students and families tracked how much pop they drank in a month with the goal of drinking no pop.
  • Whole school celebration day at the end of February to celebrate completing the Drop the Pop challenge.
  • Promoted drinking tap water.

Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School


  • Students made Drop the Pop posters.
  • Teacher-led in-class sessions about healthy food, nutrition, physical fitness, risks tied to unhealthy eating.
  • Student/Family information packages distributed.

South Slave District Education Council

Chief Sunrise Education Centre
Hay River Reserve


  • Students tracked healthy drink consumption.
  • Sugar content of beverages handout with a monthly calendar.
  • Small learning sessions about the differences between sugary drinks and water.

Deninu School
Fort Resolution


  • Student were challenged to Drop the Pop for two weeks.
  • Every classroom made a healthy drink and snack for the whole school.
  • Parents invited to Drop the Pop learning sessions.

Paul William Kaesar High School
Fort Smith


  • PWK recognized students when they were "caught" drinking water by handing out ROCKS awards (redeemable for rewards or at the canteen).
  • Junior High teachers taught mini-lessons around making smart choices with drinks based on the level of sugar and caffeine.
  • Adapted a Drop the Pop activity called "Thirst Quencher" as a post-apocalyptic scenario in which our water supply was compromised and was the catalyst for the spread of the zombie virus. Students had to research and compare the possible drinks that would be best for our survival if water wasn't an option.
  • Students practiced persuasive writing on "Why we should have a water dispenser in every room?” as a topic.

Princess Alexandra School
Hay River

  • Drop the Pop challenge took place January 14-25, 2020. The school promoted the challenge by having a Drop the Pop display with important facts on our Drop the Pop School Bulletin Board, as well as a comparison chart showing the amount of sugar in various drinks.
  • The campaign started with a student assembly in the first week of January. Students learned about the negative effects of pop. Morning announcements provided healthy eating and living tips.
  • Healthy breakfast choices including milk offered.

Deh Cho Divisional Education Council

Charles Yohin School
Nahanni Butte


  • An elder taught them how to make foods from scratch rather than relying solely on canned or unhealthy foods that have high sugar content.
  • Activities that promoted the link between health beverages and dental health were carried out when students compared various beverages.
  • Students drew pictures/posters of healthy food, beverages, and the water cycle.
  • While the water plant was getting an upgrade, students discussed just how important the water plant was for the community, its uses, and how it was part of the water cycle in this town. Unfortunately, the beverage survey and water plant field trip had to be cancelled due to the school closure.

Chief Julian Yendo School

  • Students applied information learned during class time to plan and prepare healthy beverages and meals for the community.

Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary School
Fort Providence


  • No pop, juice, iced tea, or other sugary beverages are allowed in the school.
  • Organized ‘Drop the Pop’ week with prizes and motivational sayings/banners.
  • Promoted tap water as the drink of choice. Students given reusable water bottles.

Echo-Dene School
Fort Liard


  • Teacher-led sessions on healthy eating choices, oral health and the importance of drinking water.
  • Students participated in projects such as identifying the amount of sugar in various drinks.
  • Students were challenged to Drop the Pop and received recognition (prizes) for participation.

Louie Norwegian School
Jean Marie River


  • Students learned to create healthy beverages and soup for school and community.
  • Community cookbook project planned but unable to start due to COVID-19 school closure.
  • Some students and the principal have given up drinking pop as a challenge since February.

Territorial School

  • Discussed Canada’s Food Guide and its application to making healthy choices.
  • Older students did internet research on what makes a healthy food/beverage choice.
  • Students made posters depicting the benefits of water and why we do not need to drink sugary drinks.
  • Displayed our posters in the Band Office for all to see.
  • Students helped cook and take food to Elders in the community.
  • Promoted tap water as the drink of choice. Students given reusable water bottles.
Yellowknife Catholic Schools

Ecole St. Joseph School


  • On Pink Shirt day, pink milk (regular milk with a little strawberry syrup) was served to all the students as an alternative healthy beverage.
  • Foyer displayed information about the sugar content in pop, juice, sports drinks, chocolate milk and vitamin water was provided. The display was also available for parents during our three-way conferences.
  • Students participated in a contest with sugary drink related questions.
Yellowknife Education District #1

Mildred Hall School


  • Students learned how to make beverages with frozen and fresh fruit and were challenged with their big and little buddies to create their own flavors of smoothies.
  • In partnership with Ecology North, nurses came into to teach the benefits of tap water.
  • Students developed displays on sugary drinks content.
N’dilo District Education Authority

K’alemi Dene School


  • Drop the Pop funding helped fund/host Family Fun Night. The community comes out to celebrate with healthy food and beverages, and educational games about sugary drinks.