School district gets $10,000 from MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm
Celebrating the success of Colleton’s healthy school was the theme for an awards banquet last Thursday night at Forest Circle Middle School.
The Colleton County School District received $10,000 from MUSC’s Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness for the schools’ efforts in teaching Colleton’s children ways to live a healthier lifestyle.
Bells Elementary won the top award of $3,000 for its efforts in promoting nutrition and physical activities. Other finalists were Colleton County High School and Cottageville Elementary. Other schools will each receive $1,000.
“What they have done is planted gardens, sent out health letters to parents with healthy tips, walked at the schools, put up posters promoting physical activities, started dance clubs, provided health information on healthy foods, promoted water instead of sugary drinks,” said CCSD Nurse Supervisor Beverly Calloway. And schools also initiated programs for staff members such as Weight Watchers and Biggest Losers.
To win the awards, schools had to meet a checklist throughout the year and points were awarded for each category.
Others participating in the program included Melissa Kinard, Linda Bright, Megan and Morgan Calloway, Sandra Winfield, Cordelia Jenkins and CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Franklin Foster. The Black Street Early Childhood Center Performing Group and the Bells Elementary Step Team also performed.
Speaker was Diane Gillie, who has been with the S.C. Dept. of Education’s Office of Health and Nutrition since 1997. She has served as the program coordinator for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the past eight years. She is also a member of the School Nutrition Association of S.C. where she is treasurer of its executive board and has served at the national level on the Resolution and Bylaws Committee. She has traveled extensively doing mission work with her church and also works with various non-profit organizations.
“This is really a great thing MUSC and Boeing are doing,” Calloway said. “This is our second year of partnership to promote nutrition and physical activities in our school district.”
“We have noticed the kids are more in-tune to health initiatives; cafeterias are more healthy and children are choosing healthier foods,” Calloway said. “Everyone loves having things like step teams in the schools, both the students and the teachers. Everybody is excited and on board.
“In our county, we had seen an increase in kids who are overweight, kids not having good nutrition. We are seeing differences being made with getting information out. With MUSC and Boeing as partners, we are getting that information out.”