Great Work from The Artemus Ward School Wellness Team which
includes Ms. Sherdina Williams, School Nurse and Mr. Jeffrey Szwagulak,
Physical Education Teacher. With the support of their Principal Neil Murphy,
they are working to make their school healthier.
Ms. Williams spoke to the
Student Parent Organization (SPO) parents in early October about the Healthy
Schools Program sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Approximately 40 parents were treated to fresh fruits and vegetables, salad and
healthy snack options. The parents learned how becoming a healthier school not
only positively impacts student health but also can support academic
achievement. Finally, they discussed options for healthy fundraisers and
celebrations. In addition, Artemus Ward is partnering with Buckeye
Community Health to provide health education for some of the students in the
building. Great work, Artemus Ward!
Per Ms. Williams, the reason it was so important
to engage the parents is because "we seek to produce a change
within our community. In order for this cultural change to occur we must
have the active support of our parents. Producing a Healthier Generation requires
a cultural change. If we only work internally with our students we
can only make a building change. Artemus Ward has a very active and involved
SPO. By actively engaging our parents with hands on teaching
and modeling we initiated the conversations of how to
incorporate the healthier changes into their families daily diets.
Discussions on how to extend this practice into fundraisers, birthday
celebrations and school wide events is critical to produce life long
changes for students. We would like to see our Healthy school program
become our healthy community program. Creating a healthier
school environment is a short term goal. Developing a Healthier Generation
and therefore, a healthier community is the ultimate goal."