Lincoln Elementary Lions have a lot to boast in terms of well being — a pure habitat out of doors classroom; an increasing backyard and fruit orchard; household festivals and a just-created Zen Den.
Combined into these elements is a faculty tradition that values play as an instructional train; character traits that encourage moderately than discourage youngsters and employees in all their pursuits; health courses and alternatives for college kids, employees and households and year-round social get-togethers for all.
Lincoln Elementary Principal Karen Hughes mentioned her college within the Prescott Unified Faculty District is all about constructing lifelong wholesome habits that start with relationships for each single “Lion” on the historic Grove Road campus — baby, mother or father or school/employees member.
“We work collectively and play collectively so we keep collectively,” Hughes mentioned of the school/employees who attempt to mannequin the significance of bodily, social and emotional wellness for the “complete baby day by day.”
Lincoln’s philosophy, and Hughes management in selling wellness districtwide, is behind the college’s choice this previous spring because the 2019 winner of the Yavapai Wholesome Faculty coalition’s countywide Yavapai Wholesome Faculty Award, mentioned Suzie Delgado, a well being educator with the Yavapai County Group Well being Providers and coalition member.
That is the third yr the coalition of 20 or extra neighborhood businesses opted to highlight a faculty based mostly on standards that measures every little thing from the college’s vitamin and train insurance policies to how they implement and maintain an general wellness local weather within the college setting. The 2 previous recipients are Beaver Creek Elementary within the Verde Valley and Coyote Springs Elementary within the Humboldt Unified Faculty District.
On Monday, the college’s third-grade backyard ambassadors toured their out of doors pure habitat and their combined flower and vegetable backyard producing pumpkins, cherry tomatoes and a few spectacular sunflowers and autumn-colored chrysanthemums.
Carson Welch even took a visit down the playground slide as a bunch of youthful grade college students performed basketball and carried out with Hula Hoops within the entrance courtyard. Faculty recess is counted as an essential 30 to 45-minute break within the day — the longer interval for the youthful college students.
“It’s fairly cool that we get to be the healthiest college within the county,” declared Katherine Fullen.
For Kira Guilford, Lincoln’s deal with wholesome meals and train merely is smart.
“You’ll be able to be taught, after which you may make good grades and possibly go to school,” she mentioned.
Lincoln is proving a “catalyst” for viewing training past the lens of a check grade, mentioned Sharmel Jordan, the Yavapai County Group Well being Providers well being training coordinator and coalition chief.
“It’s thrilling that they acquired this award as a result of they’ve undoubtedly been … pioneers … in furthering wellness within the district,” mentioned fellow well being educator and coalition member Suzie Delgado.
Hughes is “tremendous open” to welcoming coalition companions to offer completely different points of wellness, be it an anti-bullying workshop or wholesome life-style program. As well as, Hughes and her employees are desirous to maintain and develop upon what already exists to fulfill evolving wants, she mentioned.
One of many newest efforts is the college’s Zen Den, a social/emotional “mind health club” past the workplace the place college students who may have a supervised break can go and interact in stimulating, kid-friendly explorative actions with out different outdoors distractions. The den was created by the college’s character counselor Sandy Penrod, one in every of six such positions the district is providing this yr by the usage of charitable tax donations.
Awarding faculties equivalent to Lincoln for these efforts is an “Oh, wow” to others because it connects the dots of how consuming, train or coloring an image align with enhanced classroom efficiency, Jordan mentioned.
“Whether or not we’re limiting sugar or display screen time, we need to create lifelong wholesome habits,” Hughes mentioned.
Together with this award —Hughes remains to be trying to find the proper spot to show it within the workplace — Lincoln shall be a part of a districtwide $52,000 Farm-to-Faculty grant mixed with a $10,000 full-time AmeriCorp Vista volunteer to assist jumpstart all the college backyard initiatives. Hughes mentioned she hopes these will segue into Farm-to-Desk certifications so the lettuce college students develop of their gardens could be eaten at lunch of their cafeterias.
If [students] be taught early that wholesome meals makes them really feel good and impacts their grades … it should impression them for the remainder of their life,” Jordan concluded.
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