James Garfield School 31's Parent and Community Coordinator Sarah McAfee stands in the school garden. Indianapolis Public Schools congratulates Sarah McAfee, Community and Parent Coordinator at James A. Garfield School 31, on having been named a 2014 Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Hero—one of only twelve in the country and the only one in Indiana!

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity nationwide by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives.

They are recognizing Sarah for her work in turning a vacant lot across the street from the school into a garden that educates families on cost-effective ways to access fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods in an area where less healthy foods are much more accessible.

Additionally, she has partnered with Gleaner’s Food Bank’s BackSack program to ensure students have healthy foods to eat over the weekend.

“I could not do all this alone,” McAfee said. She credits William Crawford, James Garfield’s Physical Education and Wellness teacher and all the volunteers who work in the garden year-round or donate to Gleaner’s to make the BackSack program possible.

But AFHK feels Sarah and her inspiration have made a lasting impression on the community’s health culture, and we in IPS couldn’t agree with them more!