November 26, 2018
CREATING HEALTHY MESSAGES — Students, staff and volunteers from SUPER School 19 create colorful works of art to promote healthy, active living. The works of art are made possible through a grant the school received.
Being healthy and active pays off, and not just in physical ways.
In late October, the healthy habits of students and staff at SUPER School 19, an IPS innovation school geared toward action-based learning, garnered a $10,000 grant from Action for Healthy Kids and CSX Transportation.
Deborah Garcia, assistant head of schools, said they were one of only four schools in the nation to receive the grant and the only one in Indiana.
SUPER School has already used some of the grant money for building-wide beautification projects aimed at keeping students active.
During a recent “Every Kid Healthy Day of Service” event, 65 students, families, teachers and community members helped the school:
- Add new mulch to the playground.
- Create positive, healthy messages throughout the building using stencils.
Large-scale, colorful murals reminding students to “get healthy,” “love,” “create” and “play” are just several of the positive messages added to the school walls.
Garcia said this spring they will continue the beautification projects to also include multiplication facts and site words on stairs throughout the building.
“It’s been awesome,” said Garcia about the improvements made. The colorful and creative additions throughout the school fall in line with the daily teachings.
“Our whole model is about movement and the brain and getting kids healthy,” said Garcia. “We do everything. We have movement in the classroom. We have a health and fitness class that children rotate through every day — all grade levels. We are moving and teaching healthy habits all day long.”