Schoolchildren tuck in to fresh fruit

Published on 06 November 2015

A CITY junior school is launching a new tuck shop with a focus on healthy eating.

Overdale Junior School, in Knighton, will launch the ‘Snackalicious’ tuck shop on Monday (9 Nov), selling fresh fruit, plain popcorn, raisins and other treats such as mango and chopped apricots.

The healthy tuck shop will be run by a group of Year 6 children at the school, and will be officially opened by Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools.

Cllr Russell said: “We know how important it is that children eat healthily. Initiatives like this one are a useful way of reinforcing that message because they help healthy eating to become the norm.

“It’s also really positive that some of the children from Overdale will be running the tuck shop – getting them involved is a great idea and I’m sure they’ll learn a lot from this experience.”

Headteacher Juliet Hart said: “We’re very excited that Cllr Russell is coming to open our new tuck shop. The children have had business training from a company called Fruit to Suit so that they’ve got the skills they need to run it, and they’re really looking forward to getting started.

“The price range will be 30p to 45p and all the snacks meet Government school food standards, so there should be something for everyone.”

Alan Curtis from the Schools’ Development and Support Agency will also be attending the opening event, along with businessman Andy Hall, who is a parent of a child at the school and is sponsoring and supporting the tuck shop.