BCPS initiatives to keep kids active, healthy

National campaign spotlights BCPS initiatives to keep kids active, healthy
Posted on 05/03/2021
Morganton, NC – Friday April 30th, 2021

During the week of April 26-30 BCPS celebrated “Every Kid Healthy Week”, which is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Each day of the week was centered around a different aspect of health that is promoted within Burke County Public Schools.
Mindful Monday - This room is designed to create a safe space for students who are having a hard day, feeling overwhelmed or in crisis. Special activities like breathing exercises, yoga and arts and crafts help lower students’ heart rate and decrease symptoms so they can regroup and return to their classroom. Small groups held in the mindfulness room focus on topics like social emotional health- understanding what’s going on inside us and how to deal with those emotions. The Burke Education Foundation, Inc. helped to fund the Mindfulness Room to make it a resource available for students to become more mentally and emotionally healthy!

Tasty Tuesday - BCPS cafeterias offer nutritious breakfast and lunch as well as second-chance breakfast and after-lunch super snacks. We want our students to be fueled properly so they can learn all day long without being hungry. All students have been able to enjoy yummy, healthy meals this school year for free thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Wellness Wednesday - Wellness Wednesday focused on self-care and taking time to learn about the wellness of others including animals. In agriculture classes at East Burke High School, students have the opportunity to work with sheep and other livestock helping trim their hooves, giving deworming treatments and other activities to keep the animals healthy. Learning about animal wellbeing helps students understand their environment to create a healthier world.

Thoughtful Thursday - BCPS school counselors are there to help our students not only with emotional and social needs, but in many other areas of life. From college prep to academic problems to family issues, school counselors can build healthy environments for students’ mental and social well-being. They help to lead students to reach their full potential in and out of the classroom.

Fitness Friday - All of our schools have time set apart for physical activity whether that be recess on the playground or physical education classes. Our students are encouraged to participate in physical exercise to help stay active and healthy. Matt Cardwell, a physical education teacher at Hildebran Elementary School, says starting to teach kids at an early age that exercise is important is the way to make it a routine their whole life.

Interim Superintendent Mike Swan said, “In all areas of health, we are helping to prepare our students to be well rounded citizens with healthy minds and bodies. We couldn’t do this without the help of our counselors, teachers, child nutrition workers, social workers, community partners and so many others. To accomplish the goal of producing all around healthy students it is a teamwork effort of all those staff working alongside our students in positive ways.”

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