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This Award Winning School is Dedicated to School Health

Dagang Elemantary School, Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan Municipal Dagang Elementary School, which was founded in 1988, currently has 44 classes and 1201 students. The school has been dedicated to school health promotion and has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation Gold medal from the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The school's key to success lies within 11 major aspects:

  1. Establishment of a school health committee (interdisciplinary teams, regular meetings, formulate plans into school calendar, and implementation)
  2. Integrating health issues into school curriculum so that teaching and activities can complement one another
  3. Comprehensive implementation in the 6 dimensions (school policy, physical environment, social environment, community relationships, and personal health skills)
  4. Collaborate with local hospital/community resources to form partnerships and broaden participation
  5. Perform a statistical analysis to examine program performance and encourage staff to participate in research
  6. Hold an award ceremony to reward excellences: “white teeth and bright eyes awards”, “healthy fitness awards”, and “reaching BIM standards award”
  7. Raise awareness and participation with parents and communities through the publication of school newsletters and media
  8. Quality control and seek excellence: execute plans in accordance to principles.
  9. Learning through observation and experience sharing: encourage staff to take training courses and to share knowledge by making and sharing reports in meetings
  10. Establish a dental health center: Treatment station, dental chair, complete hardware. Resident dentist Dr. Wang has been a volunteer dentist for over 20 years.
  11. Establish Health promotion website: allocate a specialist in the maintenance of the data on this website.
     

Outreach Programs Bring a Community Together

Madison Elementary School, Olympia, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has awarded Madison Elementary School the Safe School Award for 2012. As Title I School in Olympia, Washington, Madison has many programs in place to ensure the success and safety of its at-risk populations. The school is considered a “safe harbor,” thanks in large part to the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), which uses decision-making techniques to address behavior concerns. Madison also maintains a multitude of outreach programs, strengthening bonds with parents and the community through family learning nights, a community garden, and partnerships with other schools and nonprofit organizations.

Community Partners Serve as Guides to Healthy Lives

Opportunity Elementary School, Spokane, Wash.
 

Opportunity Elementary School—winner of the Healthy School Award from Washington State ASCD—is no stranger to overcoming health challenges. Located in Spokane, Washington, the school has implemented a variety of programs to teach healthy choices to its students, the majority of whom are disadvantaged. Opportunity staff members take a holistic view on health for their students, pairing mentorship and tutoring programs with healthy eating seminars. By partnering with faith-based organizations, college groups, and the local food bank, the school provides its students and their families with the skills and resources necessary to lead healthy lives.

Suburban School and Community Encourages Students to Live Healthy Lives

Hendrix IB Elementary School, Boiling Springs, SC 

"This suburban school provides programs that promote healthy eating, stress reduction, cardiovascular fitness, and personal and social responsibility. After-school Zumba workouts numerous community resources are available to families and provide support for a healthy lifestyle. Project Fit America, a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to getting kids fit, is integral to supporting the school in reversing the lack of fitness in children and in teaching children to take personal responsibility for their health.

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Elementary School Leads Students Through a Journey of Learning

Eldridge Park Elementary School, Lawrenceville, N.J.
 

Eldridge Park has created a culture of character where every first step and all the steps thereafter lead their students on a journey that has already begun to shape the paths of their lives. Students, staff, and community members describe Eldridge Park as a cocoon that prepares and places the most beautiful of butterflies into the world—their children. A smiling principal meets students at the morning buses, a police officer high-fives students walking to school, and teachers meet students coming to early-morning clubs with projects ready. Daily activities and projects connect to core values. Families are actively involved and are a regular presence within the school. Students are encouraged to be “bucket fillers”—people who celebrate one another’s successes. Eldridge Park is an inclusive, family-oriented, and high-energy environment where going the extra mile is a way of life.
 

Community Eductaion Goals Empower School

Cimino Elementary School, Valrico, F.L.
 

Cimino’s character education (CE) story began 10 years ago, when it opened. It was imperative that the new Cimino family enter a welcoming environment, so a CE Committee comprising faculty, parents, community members, and students was developed. The Committee developed CE goals to empower the school’s mission, according to the population’s needs. Ten traits have become paramount in Cimino’s efforts to achieve a school population comprised of enthusiastic individuals who love doing what is right. Teachers conduct lessons, model appropriate behaviors, and spread the character fever to all students.
 

Bringing New Students and Families into the Community

Babler Elementary School, Wildwood, Mo.

Named a 2011 National School of Character by whole child partner the Character Education Partnership, Babler Elementary School is one of 19 elementary schools in Rockwood School District. While Babler is located in a relatively affluent section of Rockwood, the school and families are nevertheless facing the challenge of shrinking budgets and "maintaining the Rockwood advantage" with less. Unlike other Rockwood schools, Babler is surrounded by highways and subdivisions, with no town center or businesses with which to partner. Despite these challenges, Babler staff work to create community, communicate with stakeholders, and bring new students and their families into the fold. "We’re all in it together," notes former assistant principal Paul Godwin. Students jump right in to help and welcome new students, according to fifth-grade teacher Michelle Bolton. "We have very clear expectations that form a foundation," adds Assistant Principal Missy Parker.

A SAFE Approach: Successful Appropriate Foundation to Educate All Children

Roosevelt Primary School, Ferndale, Mich.

Named a 2011 National School of Character by whole child partner the Character Education Partnership, Roosevelt Primary School is committed to providing a Successful Appropriate Foundation to Educate all children. The key letters spell out SAFE. The school has created a caring community—or, as staff and parents would say, a "family." Principal Dina Rocheleau says, "My staff is so committed to make this work, and they have such a connection with each other. Even when they have conflict with each other, they know how to resolve it." Under the guidance of this principal, staff created classroom climates that teach children essential values. They moved to a relation-based approach that focuses on love, safety, and the whole child. There is no competition at Roosevelt, and they celebrate successes as a class and a school family. Service learning projects emphasize to young children that not only should they be helpful, safe, kind, respectful, and responsible within the school but that their outreach to people beyond the campus makes a world of difference. First-grade teacher Jennifer Zublick observes: "Our staff works together so well."

Strong Community Connectedness Builds Confidence

Clayfield College, Clayfield, Queensland, Australia

Clayfield College is a preK–12 day and boarding school located in the Brisbane suburbs that offers a safe and supportive learning environment, where personal excellence is encouraged. Students come from diverse cultural backgrounds, have varied ability levels, and receive quality teaching and learning within a broad and engaging curriculum, including academic and vocational pathways. Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, students experience a strong feeling of belonging to the community and, through participation in activities, build greater confidence and develop and strengthen relationships; staff feel respected and valued; and parents, families, and members of the community are viewed as vital pieces of the jigsaw.

School Organizes to Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Wagga Wagga Christian College, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, Wagga Wagga Christian College is a coeducational K–12 school which fosters a family environment that develops responsibility and trust between peers and multi-aged young people. In 2007, the faculty determined the need to develop a welfare system to be proactive and responsive, not reactive. As a result the school has refined its transition programs, building stronger links with parents and the community beyond the school; expanded its student leadership program, empowering students at all levels of leadership; and implemented resilience programs, highlighting the safe use of social networks, cyberbullying, and sex education and relationships. Feedback is sought at parent association meetings about the mental health and well-being programs that could be implemented for students and parents.

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