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Stickers encourage kids to get stuck into school meals

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Forget Pokemon –these cartoon characters are going to have kids going crazy in Gateshead primary schools this term!

Dining room staff in Gateshead will be handing out brightly coloured stickers to children who they find to have cleared their plate as part of scheme to encourage healthy eating.

The stickers, which feature characters created by Gateshead Council, have slogans such as ‘I ate my dinner’ and ‘I love lunch’ and are intended to help instil good behaviour at the table and gently encourage children to try foods they might not have tried before.

And with 35 different characters to collect, it’s likely that children will be clearing their plates in double-quick time in a bid to collect them all!

Head of School Catering Michael Lamb says:

“We came up with the idea for stickers as a way to introduce a bit of fun at mealtimes, but also to encourage good behaviour.

“Dinner time can sometimes be a little daunting to younger children and I know our staff work really hard to make school dinners fun and enjoyable. These stickers will give them something they can use to reward and encourage good behaviour.

“We reckon kids are going to love them – and there’s bound to be stiff competition to earn one.”

Parents are warned to expect to see them appearing on a school jumper near them sometime later this term.