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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.

 

Dommerich Elementary Wins OCPS Green School Award

Dommerich Elementary was recently named a “School of Excellence” by the Orange County Public Schools Green School Recognition Program.  Dommerich Elementary also won the Judges’ Choice Award for Health and Well-Being and third place overall, for a total of prize of $1,750.

The Green Schools Recognition Program encourages cultures of sustainability within school communities. This program recognizes schools for taking a holistic approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability.

Congratulations to Dommerich Elementary for a job well done!

Dommerich Elementary receives the Judges' Choice Award for Health and Wellness

Dommerich Elementary receives the Judges’ Choice Award for Health and Wellness

Dommerich Elementary receives the 3rd Place Overall award for the OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program

Dommerich Elementary receives the 3rd Place Overall award for the OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program

Dommerich Elementary is recognized as a School of Excellence by the OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program

Dommerich Elementary is recognized as a School of Excellence by the OCPS Green Schools Recognition Program

Healthy School Teams Focus of 2015 Florida PTA Leadership Convention

11742656_983803101652164_1829086630013573625_n (2)On July 17, state and national school health and wellness leaders came together to address over 800 participants at the 2015 Florida PTA Leadership Convention.  Parents, students, and community leaders listened to keynote presentations from Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Ms. Laura Bay, National PTA President.  Dr. Wechsler stressed learning through movement, the importance of physical activity/recess in school, and how offering healthy alternatives as rewards for good behavior will make a difference in the health and well-being of children and their learning environments.  Dr. Wechsler also commended Florida for leading the nation in the support for physical activity and healthy eating within schools.

Dr. Wechsler later joined Ms. Bay, as well as several FL leaders for a school health and wellness panel.    Participants eagerly asked questions of the panel, determined to take the knowledge gained through the Florida PTA Leadership Convention and implement it within their schools.

During the second day of the convention, participants had the opportunity to learn about the new Healthy School Team requirement, fundraising, and resources from the Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Dairy Council of Florida.

For assistance with the new Healthy School Team requirement, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture’s website

For resources available to assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Action for Healthy Kids’ website

For information on how the Florida Dairy Council can assist your Healthy School Team, please visit Fuel Up to Play 60’s website