- White River School Visits with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mitchell Receives Visit from CDC
White River School Visits with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The White River School District, in partnership with the SD Departments of Health and Education, is implementing a Coordinated School Health grant made available through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through Coordinated School Health, partnerships are developed to improve the health and educational outcomes of youth. These efforts resulted in a recent site visit to the White River school and community from prevention representatives of CDC from Atlanta, Georgia, as well as those from the South Dakota’s Departments of Education and Health.
The group began their tour of the White River school by visiting a high school biology class led by instructor Alice Cameron. The class learned that the visitors from CDC were Health Education Specialists and Public Health Advisors working primarily in the field of prevention regarding abstinence, obesity, diabetes, tobacco, alcohol and heart disease.
Justin Bachelor and Georgianne Larvie, student representatives of the White River School Health Committee, met with the officials and shared their health concerns. District staff then led a tour of the larger White River community, with stops in Horse Creek, Lower and Upper Swift Bear, and various locations through White River.
The day concluded with a roundtable discussion of health concerns by students, teachers, administrators and community. School Health Committee member Shelbi Pool talked about some of the activities her second grade students had been involved in to become and stay active, including walking contests, and participating in the Fruit and Vegetable Program.
Photo and article by Joyce Glynn
Shown above are representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with WRHS student members of the School Health Committee. Left to right: Sandra Jones, Justin Bachelor, Georgianne Larvie and Jyotsna Blackwell.
Mitchell Receives Visit from CDC
The Mitchell Kernels were visited by the CDC project officers and shared successes and obstacles of implementing the Building Healthy Schools project.
Mitchell’s council was initiated 20 years ago and has been self-sustaining. The goal of the Building Healthy Schools Project is to improve student achievement by focusing on healthier students and healthy environments. Mitchell’s health council is extremely active and their work is evident throughout the school. Youth groups are extensively engaged. The PE classes were teaching life-long activities that students were excited about. Worksite wellness is important in Mitchell schools. The community and parents are involved too. The council explores opportunities, policies, professional development and resources in physical education, health education, nutrition, tobacco prevention, HIV awareness, to improve achievement.