Health & Wellness Department Receives $150,000 from Kohl’s and Children’s Hospital for the New Healthy Families Program

November 1st marked the start of a new partnership between Kohl’s Department StoresBoston Children’s Hospital, and BPS Health & Wellness Department.  Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson joined kick-off festivities, which took place at Mather Elementary School, to recognize the impact this partnership will have on improving the lives of BPS children and families.  She announced the $150,000 contribution that Kohl’s has given BPS to form the new Healthy Families program and commented on how this money supports the key strategies for her Acceleration Agenda, allowing for effective, efficient, and equitable cross-departmental collaboration, in addition to deepening partnerships with parents, students, and the community.             

The kick-off event started with a campus tour led by Mather student ambassadors.  Guests in attendance included various representatives from Children’s Hospital, Kohl’s, and BPS including Medical Director of Community Health Dr. Shari Nethersole, Kohl’s Department Store Managers Jay Smith and Paul Smith, Superintendent Johnson, and the Parent Council Chair of the Mather School.  After the tour, guests joined students and their families in the gym for fun and games.

Several activities were featured at the event that inspired student participation as well as parent interaction.  There were approximately 70 gusts in attendance, in addition to Kohl’s, Children’s, and Parent Council representatives.  Activities included MyPlate four square with, various Playworks and PE games, and a smoothie bar.  These stations were made to be examples of what families and community members can expect from the Healthy Families program in upcoming months.  Laughter coupled with education captured the overall feel of the event, which is what families can look forward to at future family nights.

Following the activities, Principal Emily Cox acted as MC for the check presentation ceremony, introducing the school and welcoming everyone to the Mather.  Remarks were then given from Dr. Shari Nethersole, Superintendent Johnson, Mr. Jay Smith, and Mr. Paul Smith on the excitement around this new partnership.  Finally, representatives from Kohl’s, Children’s, and BPS were welcomed to the stage for the check presentation and pictures.

Together with the BPS Office of Family & Student Engagement, Health Services, and Food & Nutrition Services, the Health & Wellness Department will be able to use Kohl’s grant money to implement social marketing and promotion through Kohl’s and Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Family Fun Campaign, distribute Excellence in School Wellness Awards, and offer 30 family nights in schools.  In addition, this grant will provide supplemental resources for BPS events, including the District Wellness Summit and three Community Health Fairs.  The event ended with excitement and optimism for what this new program means for BPS and the health and achievement for its students and families.

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