- Author: Evelyn Morales
- Editor: Emily Harris
This month, Pete traveled to Firebaugh, California to visit students at Hazel M. Bailey Primary School and see what healthy habits they've been learning about.
Nutrition Education at Bailey:
Bailey Primary is a school dedicated to the wellness of their students. The school promotes healthy eating by distributing fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks and encouraging teachers to participate in the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program.
"The Board recognizes that it is the District's role, as part of the larger community, to model and actively practice through policies and procedures: the promotion of family health, physical activity, good nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and environment restoration." -FLDUSD Wellness Policy
A MyPlate Nutrition Corner is displayed in the Bailey cafeteria to enhance the environment and encourage healthy eating behaviors.
Physical Education at Bailey:
Students at Bailey receive daily physical education from certified physical education teachers who make exercising fun while helping students develop their athletic skills.
Pete was excited to see all the MyPlate colors incorporated into Bailey's recess and P.E. equipment.
Healthy School Events at Bailey:
Bailey encourages all teachers, parents and students to "have opportunities to support, and encourage physical activity on a regular basis"-FLDUSD Wellness Policy. On Thursday, October 13th, 2016, kindergarten students participated in the annual Pumpkin Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser, which took place during the students' allocated P.E time. Parents and friends showed up to support students by donating a dollar amount for every lap walked. Parents also donated water and healthy snacks for students to refuel afterward. Students enjoyed this event and not only walked, but also hopped, skipped, and danced to music played by Bailey's physical education teachers during the event, which ran for 30 minutes.
Students are excited to begin the event as they walk with waters in hand and pumpkin tally sheets on their backs.
Teachers, parents, and students all wait patiently to begin the annual Bailey Pumpkin Walk-a-Thon.
Pete loves to see schools invest in the health and well-being of their students with healthy, fun-spirited events like these.
Keep up the great work Bailey!
- Author: Nora Rey Lopez
- Photographer: Yolanda S. Lopez
During my recent visit to the Children's Corner preschool in Firebaugh I received a surprise!!! They were working on their new garden! According to Christy Trujillo, they received funding through a garden grant from Fresno City College. They were one of the five sites chosen. I am so proud of them!
"It has been a great experience for the children and teachers", says Christy.
The children and teachers are growing pumpkins, watermelons, strawberries, carrots, sweet peppers and tomatoes. Soon Children's Corner students will be tasting fresh and delicious vegetables and fruits.
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