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Healthy Hale Hawks

Rebecca Pavlick,   Nathan Hale Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Success with Funds
Healthy Hale Hawks

Here at Nathan Hale Elementary School, we have been busy learning, cooking, and planning many events that have led to teaching the whole school about healthier eating and exercising! We held a whole school activity night, where students and parents were able to try healthy foods, participate in nutritional crafts, and play many different physical activity games. Student leaders led centers like the rock wall, cross fit activities, organized dances, climbing rope, jump rope challenges, and many more activities that resulted in a successful night! We are also excited to announce Hale's first ever National Agriculture Day Fair, involving local dairy farmers, organic vegetable farmers, beekeepers, UCONN 4h department, and many more vendors.  Teachers at Nathan Hale have taken part in a workshop that taught and provided materials for each classroom on how to take effective brain breaks with physical activity to improve student performance and behavior. We are so proud of our school and how far it has come this year in its progress to a healthier, happier school community!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

A group of 12 student ambassadors worked to design a kick off party. They planned what activities they wanted to showcase the night of the event. These students worked the event, working at each station with a teacher volunteer to help teach and monitor students as they did things like climbed a rope, climbed the rock wall, participated in cross fit activities, organized dances, and passed out nutritional smoothies.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We had over 150 families come to our kick off party, where they participated in healthy choices. They were able to participate in many physical activities and obtain healthy eating information. Students have now had three different healthy food taste tests that were a huge success! We are proud of the transformation that our cafeteria is undertaking to emphasize healthy food choices like fruit, milk, and vegetables.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are excited for each new taste test and the improvement of student participation increases with each taste test. Through these, we have noticed that more students have taken fruit choices at lunch that they tried during a taste test. Teachers have started incorporating brain breaks into their classroom schedule. This has resulted in better focus and fewer behavior problems in the classroom. Students participating in the agricultural day were enthusiastic and engaged.