With a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) students at Sherburn Elementary School have been taking part in “Try Day Friday” which allows them to learn about and sample different fruits and vegetables given to them by school nurse, Megan Morgan.

SHIP is funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and State Legislation. Local staff from Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties manage SHIP strategies throughout the counties. Caroline McCourt, SHIP Community Specialist, said one aspect of their work involves schools with an emphasis on healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school day and mental wellbeing for staff and students.

“There’s a lot of opportunities and options schools have when they apply for a SHIP grant. This was an idea Megan has had for a few years now,” McCourt said.

Morgan has been the licensed school nurse at Sherburn Elementary School for six years. She said her predecessor, Laura Kramer, had been working with McCourt on finishing up the previous SHIP grant so she was familiar with the program and the opportunities it provided.

“This was something I wanted to do because I feel there is some disparity and inequity of getting fresh fruits and vegetables to rural Minnesota,” Morgan said.

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