Thursday, August 28, 2014
BCBS announces Healthy School awards
The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation continues building a healthy Mississippi by supporting schools, communities, colleges and universities in their efforts to create healthier places to live, work and learn. This includes fostering healthy learning environments for our children and teaching them the importance of good health habits at an early age.
To support our state’s schools in fostering healthy environments for students, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation announced the Healthy School Awards on July 17, which will recognize and reward K-12 public schools that encourage healthy lifestyle habits. This program is in partnership with the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and is supported by the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Healthy Schools. These schools will have health policies and programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness and tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, as well as parents and the community as a whole. Healthy schools can help students achieve full academic potential and support them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. The criteria for the award are based on state and national school health standards.
The goal of these awards is to motivate Mississippi schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments. The foundation will award up to four grants. One school will be designated as “Mississippi’s Healthiest School” and will be awarded a $50,000 grant. Additional grants of $25,000 will be awarded to up to three schools, which will be designated as Mississippi Healthy Schools. The Healthy School Awards are open to public K-12 schools, and applications are due November 30, 2014.
“We are excited to introduce this program and believe it will encourage the health and wellness progress we’re already seeing in schools across the state,” said Sheila Grogan, executive director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “Our students are Mississippi’s future, and we want to ensure schools are giving them a healthy start to life and building a foundation for healthy habits.”
The online application is now available at www.healthiermississippi.org. The winning schools will be those that meet the health and wellness eligibility criteria and demonstrate the most progress in building healthy school environements.
ICS annual pre-service training held at Batesville
The Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS) held its annual pre-service recently at the Batesville Civic Center, welcoming over 800 staff members, which included returning and new staff.
The kickoff was on safety: the three A’s; attitude, awareness and action. We all must be aware of our own safety and the safety of those around us, and most definitely the children who have been entrusted to us.
The executive director, Eloise McClinton, opened with a strong statement on school readiness and the importance of ICS making sure that each child enrolled is ready when he or she leaves the Institute of Community Services, Inc. “We must make sure that all employees are properly prepared; from the teachers in the classroom to the cooks in the kitchen, bus drivers, monitors, administrators and janitors,” McClinton said. “There is no big “I” or little “E.” Everyone, has value and everyone must be treated with respect.”
The importance of following all polices at the agency was emphasized. McClinton further said that each employee must maintain a critical eye on their own work, work with enthusiasm, and always do their best. “When you are unsure, seek help and guidance, and get training, if needed. Set your standards high; always go over and above the call of duty.”
The staff was motivated by words of encouragement from former policy council chair Rickey Garvin.
Garvin said that we should make this year our best year. “We must stay mission-minded, Stay focused on what the Institute of Community Services, Inc. is all about; we are about “Making Small Miracles a Great Success,” and the only way that we can do this is have people who are committed to what ICS is about.
“Success starts with setting goals. What are the goals that you are focusing on this year?” There was much in his presentation to ponder, especially to make sure that each employee is eager to move the agency forward, serving with excellence.
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