Nasonville Wins $500 Grant to Continue Work
OnFocus — Mission: Healthy Kids, a partnership of Kohl’s Cares® and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, offered a program to Wisconsin schools in March and April focused on healthy minds activities. The purpose of the Healthy Schools Challenge was to provide an engaging way for educators to introduce or continue to implement healthy minds topics in their classrooms. More than 20,000 students in 27 Wisconsin counties were registered to participate in the Challenge.
Research shows that learning mindfulness can help kids: pay attention better, be less distracted, learn more, stay calm under stress, increase patience, feel happier and become more empathetic. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to share meditation and mindfulness skills with their children—and encourages teachers to incorporate mindfulness training into their lesson plans.
Educators chose from three outlined challenges (Daily Mindfulness, Mindful Journal or Reducing Screen Time) or created their own. The Challenge guidelines included a rubric to guide educators through the process. They then completed a Challenge Summary to qualify for one of 20 classroom awards. Three special $500 awards designed to further work with policy, systems and environmental changes focusing on healthy minds also were awarded.
The following are the top 20 schools that qualified for classroom awards to further their mindfulness activities: Lake Mills Elementary School, Lake Mills School District; Somerset Elementary School, Somerset School District; Nasonville Elementary School, Marshfield School District; EBSOLA Dual Language School, Kenosha Unified School District; Johnson Creek Elementary, Johnson Creek School District; Riverside Elementary, Fond du Lac School District; Houlton Elementary, Hudson School District; Kosciusko Elementary, Cudahy School District; Evergreen Elementary, Holmen; Monroe Elementary School, Manitowoc Public Schools; St. Joseph Academy, Milwaukee; Bruce-Guadalupe School, Milwaukee; Franklin Elementary, Manitowoc Public School District; Cooper Elementary, Clement Avenue School, Trowbridge Elementary, Neeskara Elementary School, Wedgewood Park Middle School, Milwaukee Public Schools.
In addition, the following three schools from the top 20 won a random drawing to receive a $500 Challenge Grant to continue their mindfulness work in the classroom: Lake Mills Elementary, Lake Mills; Nasonville Elementary, Marshfield and Evergreen Elementary, Holmen.
Mission: Healthy Kids plans to offer Wisconsin schools two more Healthy Schools Challenges: one in fall of 2018 focusing on physical activity and the second focusing on nutrition spring 2019. More information about healthy minds activities, resources for parents and educators and the Healthy Schools Challenges is at missionhealthykids.org.
Mission: Healthy Kids helps Wisconsin kids and families learn how to eat right, stay fit and feel good about their bodies. In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin School Health Wellness Awards, the program promotes policy, systems, and environmental changes in schools, connects families to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s E-learning health education programming, and provides free resources on nutrition, physical activity and healthy minds.
This program is made possible through a grant from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide.
About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2016, Children’s invested more than $108 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.
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