A nutritious diet and a good exercise regime generally are considered to be key factors in obtaining and maintaining good health. To ensure that school age children have sufficient meals during the school day, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program was established and the School District of Palm Beach County is a participant.
Palm Beach County’s School Food Service Office, located in Riviera Beach, announced its policy effective from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 for free and reduced price meals under the National program available to children from families whose income is at or below the levels set by the Florida Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Meals (click on Public Relations Office then go to press release dated July 12, 2011 for detailed information).
The School District of Palm Beach County is very proactive in addressing the issues of healthy food and ample exercise. Effective communication and instruction to teachers, students, parents, community et al, determines the positive or negative results of programs being implemented.
In Palm Beach County recently, it was announced that three employees were winners of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association’s Sunshine Medallion Award. SUNSPRA is an organization dedicated to the needs, goals, and professional development of public relations experts who specialize in education communications. The three award winners will be honored at the Florida Administrators Summer Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL on July 15, 2011.
Paula Triana from the Department of School Food Services won for her entry: 2009-2010 Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report which reflects the partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County and community partners to successfully collaborate in promoting healthier lives.
David Reilly from Forest Hill High School winning entry was for the FHCHS Weekly Service Review TIPS Report which gathered information pertaining to the school such as lunches served, clinic visits, attendance, etc.
Ellen Smith, Physical Education Teacher at Gove Elementary award is for her development of the Fun Family Fitness for FCAT Success project. The program fostered family involvement in preparing the whole child for the FCAT test and illustrates the importance of creating a healthy mind and body (click on Public Relations Office then go to press release dated June 30, 2011 for detailed information).
Communicating and understanding is a definite factor to be considered in obtaining anything of value. Palm Beach County Schools are making an exceptional effort in making all programs meaningful, with purpose and with understanding.