School Health Week at LPBS
Organized by: Hillary Kolodner
EVENT DATE May 16, 2015
I am in my first year of Teach for America at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant (LPBS), part of Uncommon Schools. LPBS is a high-performing public charter school in a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. This winter, I drafted a proposal for my principal and started a committee to organize a School Health Week in May. Through this week, LPBS will raise awareness about the importance of making healthy choices relating to food and exercise, and thereby have a positive influence on the health of our scholars. This is where you come in, as I need to raise money to support this week. Some exciting components of the week are:
- A Family Health Night with a free healthy food buffet, a free raffle of healthy gift cards and prizes, a performance from a Teach for America National Jump Rope Champion, and fitness games for the students and a family Zumba dance class.
- A whole-school Walk-a-Thon around the school building with music and prizes, ending with a Zumba dance in the outdoor courtyard.
- Replacing all of the regular snack-time snacks (i.e. Cheez-Its, Goldfish) with fresh produce for all 435 students in the school for every day of the health week (about 2,175 pieces of fruit/vegetables for the whole week).
-Teaching nutrition and fitness lessons in all classrooms.
During my senior year at Hamilton College, I wrote my yearlong government honors thesis on School Food Policy and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic. Through my research, I learned that access to affordable and healthy food, especially in low-income areas, is often very limited. Recent efforts to address the nation’s obesity epidemic are targeting school food systems to establish healthy eating habits early on in a child’s life. Therefore, Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant is in a position to positively influence the health of our scholars. 83% of LPBS scholars qualify for free and reduced lunch, which shows that our school serves a low-income community, likely more affected by these issues.
I am running the 2015 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 16th to raise money for this school health week. Please consider donating to this cause, and hopefully it will become an annual school-sponsored event to build a lasting health culture at LPBS!
Many thanks in advance,