Events & Announcements
Foundation Supports Schools
Fit for Life programs take place because of the generous support of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. The fall issue of “Well-Informed”, the Foundation’s online Community Benefit Report, is complete and available on their website: http://pottstownfoundation.org/PDFs/0379-PAHWF-CBR_Fall2012_Final.pdf
Owen J honored in nutrition video
Owen J. Roberts Sets Standards in Nutrition Education and is Featured in PA Dept. of Education Video
The Pennsylvania Department of Education just released a nutritional video in which Owen J. Roberts is highlighted. The video, “Ready, Set, Grow: Healthy Choices for Bodies and Minds”, spotlights promising practices that encourage healthy behaviors.
For more than 6 years, administrators, nurses, teachers, and parents in the Owen J. Roberts School District have worked together to provide dynamic programs that encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles. Many of the programs are funded through a generous grant by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, including Tasty Tuesday and Farm Day, which were both featured in the video. The Owen J. Roberts Wellness Council develops and coordinates the activities.
Tasty Tuesday offers students, K-6, opportunities to expand flavor preferences by offering taste tests of locally grown foods. All five Owen J. Roberts elementary schools participate. The “Ready, Set, Grow” film clip was shot at East Vincent Elementary on a day when local farmers were visiting. PTA involvement is critical; volunteers help wash, prep, and distribute the foods to students, keeping costs down. Owen J. Roberts Food Service has been setting a new standard in school lunch by establishing relationships with local farms and orchards to source these foods.
Farm Day engages high school students in the complete planning of lessons that teach kindergarten learners about farms and foods. Kindergartners become “farmer for a day”, while high school students take on the role of teacher for the day. All pupils learn to appreciate the food cycle and its connection to our health.
School gardens are vitally connected to our community. East Coventry, East Vincent, French Creek, North Coventry and West Vincent Elementary Schools and the Middle School have gardens that glean to North Coventry Food Pantry. Recently, fresh produce from school gardens helped to feed families who were displaced by floods.
Swimming for Life
Take advantage of our community swim programs, contact:
OJRSD AQUATICS DIRECTOR
610 513 0505
Go for the Greens
Our annual celebration of good food and good fun!
The Peas, Love, and Happiness Brochure wins a
PSBA Special Publications Award of Excellence!
Thank you wellness teams, food service and PTA for amazing support!!!