Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
June 2017

Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC

There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the healthy schools movement! Follow DASH on social media for all your healthy schools news and happenings.
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Deadline: Ongoing

Deadline: Ongoing
Deadline: Ongoing

Deadline: Ongoing

View other healthy school grant opportunities here.

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Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!

We want to hear your healthy schools story! Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools. Sharing your stories can help support and inspire others, and viewing stories from other schools can do the same for you. Check out the Healthy Schools Stories Map today!

Submitting an Article for the Newsletter

How would you like to promote your organization's message to members of the health and education sectors across BC? To learn how to submit an article for the Healthy Schools BC Newsletter, please visit the Healthy Schools BC website here for submission dates and guidelines. 

Video of the Month:

The Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) program takes a values-based, solutions-oriented approach to help us shift our behavior to support a more sustainable future! You'll be inspired by this short video.


The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL children and youth in BC will realize their full potential as healthy learners who feel connected and engaged in their community.
We are a non-profit society that inspires our partners and stakeholders to improve the health and learning of students in BC by promoting, supporting and facilitating a healthy schools approach. Visit our website for more information .  



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Featured Article

The Benefits of Nature
The impact of our natural environments.

Nature plays an essential role in child development that creates everlasting footprints on their advancement into adulthood.
In honour of World Environment Day this month, read about the benefits and impacts the outdoors has on children.

DASH Updates
First Nations Schools Association of BC's 21st Annual Conference
A valuable professional growth opportunity for DASH 

DASH attended the First Nations Schools Association of BC's 21st annual conference and general meeting from April 21-22, 2017 in Vancouver. This brought together school staff, students, educators, and other professionals to explore effective practices in classroom instruction, school administration and professional development. Click here  to learn more.

Healthy Schools Network (HSN) Grants
In case you missed it: Healthy Schools Network school level grants will return in October 2017 

We are pleased to announce that Healthy schools Network (HSN) school grants that support healthy living are returning next school year.

The grants will be focused around a new overarching theme: Well-Being in a Real-World Context. We know BC schools understand the central role mental well-being plays both in fostering optimal environments for learning, and in engaging students as they develop their skills and explore their passions. Mental well-being is a key foundation for student health, well-being and success.
HSN school level grants   will encourage grantees to connect their work to two overarching questions:

How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, growth, and success? How does mental well-being impact the 'whole child'?
Stayed tuned and check back here in September and October, 2017.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
Action Schools! BC Update
Enhance Your Healthy School Community
Register now for full access to the Action Schools! BC website

Resources, workshops, mentorship, and more! Don't miss out on learning how Action Schools! BC can support your schools. Read more here.

School Connectedness
The Power of Hello
Building school connectedness

A friendly hello can be a simple and powerful way to put a smile on someone's face, reassure someone during a challenging time, or even just make someone feel welcome. Research tells us that students who are well connected to teachers and peers within their learning environment are more likely to prosper. This month we are sharing a few examples of building school connectedness. Click here to read more.

Healthy Schools Stories
Traditional Community Garden
Naghtaneqed Elementary Junior Secondary School

"Traditionally, the elders planted a large community garden and tended it with the help of the children. This practice has been lost over time. It is our goal to instill some of that lost self-efficacy in the children today." Read more about how a small, remote, rural school near Williams Lake
re-introduced the practice of growing your own food and re-built students' connections to the land.

Healthy Schools Resources
Supporting students to take action to improve school waste diversion programs 

Did you know that food waste makes up over 40% of the waste that ends up in the landfill? Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) created the WASTE WATCHERS Toolkit to give students what they need to learn and educate others about the importance of waste reduction and organic waste diversion as global sustainability issues.  Click here to learn more.