Saint Aloysius School in Jackson is excited to announce that they have received a $10,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the YMCA of Toms River thanks to the efforts of our Marketing Director, Olive Taylor. The mission of the grant is to promote “policy and environmental change to impact childhood obesity”. Saint Aloysius School’s Physical Education teacher Caitlin McCarty in collaboration with the YMCA will develop a program, involving the students, which encourages healthy habits from eating to exercising. The program has already started at the school with Zumba classes for all grades which the students are really enjoying. The program will continue throughout the rest of the year and will incorporate parts of the CATCH program (www.catchusa.org) which is part of the CATCH Group that is made up of different universities, non-profits and corporations all working together to promote child health. Please visit our Facebook page under Saint Aloysius School for updates and to see how this exciting new program is taking shape.
“We are always looking for new and interesting ways to help our students”, Principal Elizabeth O’Connor said. “As a not-for-profit institution, we love finding creative ways to provide programs and when we were approached by the YMCA about a collaboration to help promote children’s health, we thought it was a great idea. We are looking forward to working with the YMCA, implementing this program and involving the students to show them how to make better, healthier choices. Our aim here at Saint Aloysius School is to educate our children and cultivate their growth spiritually, academically and physically. This venture allows us to continue that aim and have fun also!” she added.
YMCA Youth Development Director, Veanna Knoeller said “we are thrilled to begin implementing our first stage of our Wellness program. The staff and kids alike will be introduced to a new way to “get fit” & stay healthy by creative dance movements! Kids will be inspired through familiar music and introduced to movement, through dance! Our instructors are thrilled to bring Zumba to the Saint Aloysius students too! Our instructors at the Y will spend the entire day with the school to keep inspiring the Zumba Movement & encourage healthy living for all!!! Watch out, students may be dancing their way to class! This is just the beginning of our collaboration. In the next few months we will also be creating our Wellness Committee, with parents, teachers and even students! We will be evaluating the current Health and Wellness policies, implementing positive changes and creating new ideas to spark the entire community! The buzz won’t only be in the halls, but in the gardens too!
For more information on Saint Aloysius School please visit us at http://www.staloysiusschool.com, our Facebook page under Saint Aloysius School or by calling 732-370-1515.