Thank You School Nurses!


We our thankful Winter Park Health Foundation partners with Orange County Public Schools to ensure every Winter Park Consortium School has a licensed nurse. We believe nurses are vital to ensuring children are healthy and ready to learn.

National Association of School Nurses shared this letter from a parent about how her school nurse was a great comfort to her, “Thankfully, we know our children have a life jacket: you, our school nurse. In measured doses, you give us parents peace of mind and keep our little ones afloat.”

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Dear School Nurse,
Panic set in when my son was diagnosed with diabetes at 9 years old. Chase required a new diet, a new language, and an unfamiliar medical regime. And what I was least prepared for was leaving him in someone else’s charge. How could Chase go to school for seven hours without me watching over him?

The compassion, ability, and sheer brilliance of Chase’s school nurse were a great comfort to me. She was available to Chase during all hours of the school day and already knew how best to care for him. Moreover, she took the time to assuage my anxieties, explaining his routine and a plan for emergencies. She educated teachers and staff right away so that they would be confidently prepared to teach a child with diabetes. During school, I knew Chase was under the watchful eye of his school nurse, and instead of the school day becoming a time of fear for me, it became a time to breathe easier.

Not all children live with chronic diseases. But all parents still worry. Every morning as we send our sons and daughters into the choppy, swirling waters of public school, it is counter intuitive for us to walk willingly away from our children. Parents want to hang on; we want to go where our children go.

Thankfully, we know our children have a life jacket: you, our school nurse. In measured doses, you give us parents peace of mind and keep our little ones afloat.

And as our kids grow through adolescence and enter adulthood, you are there. Their needs change and you comply. You keep them safe on the tennis courts and on the wrestling mats. You watch over them on field trips and at blood drives. You provide for their growing needs by offering screenings, referrals, and health education. You keep them ready to learn!

When we visit your office to pick up our sick child or drop off medicines, we see the stacks of paperwork. We realize that every time we sign one document, you sign many more. Even still, we know that much of your work is done below the waters, unbeknownst to us.

We know that most of your efforts go unrecognized and, many days, you might feel unappreciated. We hope the daily whirlpool of activity provides you with satisfaction. Your career is worthwhile, your time is well-spent, and your ripples are far-reaching.

So, on School Nurses Day, on behalf of all caregivers, we’d like to say “Thank You.” As you deal with the physical ailments, the emotional scars, the mental anxiety, the hunger pains, and so much more…we applaud you. We applaud your intelligence, your patience, your time, and your compassion. Thank you for protecting and strengthening our children’s lives and enhancing their learning environment. Thank you for always keeping our children afloat. Your impact is felt and appreciated.

On behalf of moms and dads everywhere, THANK YOU for a job well done!

Thankful Thursday at Winter Park High School

To encourage staff to take a minute out of their day to reflect on what they’re thankful for, Nancy Mooney, RN, School Nurse and Healthy School Team Leader, coordinates a regular “Thankful Thursday” activity for the staff.

This month, staff were treated to coffee, tea, and hot cocoa as well as treats in the media room.  WPHS Cafeteria Manager, Willie Wright, and the members of the WPHS Healthy School Team came together to provide this wonderful activity for all WPHS staff.


Thanksgiving Gratitude Crafts for Kids

Looking for activities to entertain your kids while teaching them about gratitude this Thanksgiving? We’ve created a list of our favorites:





Thanksgiving Tree – On one side of your leaf, write what you are thankful for and on the other side, something nice you have done for someone.





Gratitude Mobile




Gratitude Mobile – Similar to the Thanksgiving Tree, this project helps kids express what their thankful for.








Mayflower Gratitude Boat – This is a great craft to do with kids, and it doesn’t require much in way of materials, just a paper grocery bag, tape, copier paper, scissors, a skewer and crayons.




gratitude rolls



Gratitude Rolls – These rolls put a fun “foodie” twist to expressing our gratefulness in a unique and creative way that will impact your children for years to come.


thankful garland





Be Thankful Garland – A decoration that displays your gratitude.




thankful turkey




Thankful Heart Turkey – Teach your kids to be thankful with a thankful heart turkey where they can write who or what they are grateful for this year.





Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving gratitude project for kids?  Share it with us at

Health Tip: Teach Kids About Gratitude

Three kindergarten girls standing togetherTeaching kids to be thankful for what they have can help make them less selfish.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

Surprise children with a gift. It represents something they didn’t ask for, rather than something to which they’re entitled. It also takes away having to choose between options, and helps relieve the feeling that the child could have selected something better.

Talk with your child about things that you are thankful for, including the best parts of your day. Focus on a positive attitude.

Share stories of your family history, hardships and hard work.

Encourage your child to offer help to people who appreciate it.

Teach your child to say thank you. Be a good example by always expressing your gratitude.

Show children the joy of giving to others.

Teach kids responsibility by creating age-appropriate daily chores. Have older kids help out with younger kids.

Don’t expose kids to social media and advertisements that can make them want more, while feeling they actually have less.