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Third Annual Health Fair

By
Karl Wendell,   Q I Roberts Middle School
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Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

On February 11, we held our annual Health and Wellness Fair. As in past years, we had organizations from the community come to show students how to improve their health by educating them in the areas of physical, mental, and healthy eating habits. The presenters came from the areas of physical activity, mental, and emotional health resources and miscellaneous organizations who offered health screenings, emergency training from CPR to Local Law enforcement. This year we had over 400 participating from our school. In addition, we had about 30-40 adults from the community join in. Participants were given a sign-off sheet and were entered into a drawing for items of athletic equipment like soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, and other items related to physical activity. Because we are in which over 80% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, giving students the opportunity to obtain this equipment helps to expand the long-term impact of the event.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Since our first grant in 2013 we have seen a growth in students' activity and an increase in participation in breakfast. We are now in our third year of Breakfast in the Classroom and are experiencing participation at a rate of over 80%. Our students have a broad range of activities from which to choose that include the traditional sports of football, soccer, and soccer as well as activities like table tennis and tether ball. This year we added a larger range of fruit and vegetable options.