A Healthy Approach to the new School Year

A new school year at Saint John the Apostle School in Clark is almost here and exciting new things are in store! In addition to introducing new guidelines around nutritional choices and physical activity, new tools including training and equipment will be provided for the teachers and volunteer parents to implement activities and learning opportunities to engage the students throughout the day including recess, physical education classes and the aftercare program.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) trainings for the preschool, kindergarten, first grade teachers, and parent volunteers are being scheduled to prepare for the new school year. By taking part in the training, they will be better equipped to maintain activity levels, keeping the students engaged and having fun. The equipment that will be provided for the school will enable the teachers and volunteers to conduct activity both on the playground and indoors, especially when space is limited and challenging.

On the nutritional frontier, parent volunteer, Laura Rokosz will be introducing a tower garden to the school (www.towergarden.com). These self-contained, vertical, aeroponic gardens will allow the students to grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn about eating healthier through the process. The creator, Tim Blank, originally implemented this gardening system in Epcot Center’s, Living with the Land pavilion. It is a great option for Saint John’s because of the limited amount of space available to establish a full garden.

With all of these exciting new things happening, it’s important that we kick off the school year the right way. What better way to do so than having the YMCA and Saint John’s team up to offer a family day at the YMCA in mid-September with swim and activity time along with healthy snacking!

Tower Garden to be placed at Saint Johns

Tower Garden to be placed at Saint Johns

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Tower Gardens in bloom!

Our committee: From left to right, Sister Donna Marie O'Brien O.P., Teresa Lyp, Tracy Crane, Shannon Frank, Laura Rokosz, Donna Peart

Our wellness committee. From left to right: Sister Donna Marie O’Brien O.P., Teresa Lyp, Tracy Crane, Shannon Frank, Laura Rokosz, Donna Peart

 

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