Our New School Health Champion
Connecting the dots in Benson
This is how the monies you donate are spent (see photos above) and how it makes a difference. Recently the Benson Students and Community packed 50 backpacks for BUSD kids, they restocked BUSD primary, middle and high school and for the first time, they were also able to fill the Pomerene and San Pedro Valley school pantries as well. The Benson USD Students and Community Thanks you all for your food and monetary donations.
Our School Health Champions
Marissa Herrera consistently goes above and beyond in working with students, faculty and staff at the school and district level to advocate for the physical, nutritional and social-emotional health needs. We thank you for your dedication, time and heart in promoting, expanding and fortifying school health on your campus and in your district. Your support of classroom walking programs, staff health newsletters, and the potential project of a mobile community food pantry are initiatives that ‘integrate education and health – which improves each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional health’ (CDC Healthy Schools, 2019).
Thank you for all you do.
Elisa Vasquez teaches Preschool at Sarah Marley Elementary School in Douglas, AZ. Ms. Vasquez is an energetic teacher that has created a wonderful classroom environment. We are nominating her for school health champion for all the things she does to support her students. To prepare for this school year Ms. Vasquez looked for ways to support parents in bringing healthy snacks for the students. This resulted in a snack policy that was crafted keeping in mind the needs of her incoming students. This policy also encourages students to drink water for thirst and not sugary beverages. Ms. Vasquez encourages her students to explore new foods with stories and hands on lessons. The students are eager to try gardening with experiences that allow then to get investigate the natural world. We have been proud to partner with Ms. Vasquez in having a classroom that supports healthy children!
Amazing and important community collaboration occurring in Benson Schools with Benson Hospital!
Benson Hospital is excited about the new food pantries at Benson Primary, Middle and High Schools because food is a basic building block of health. According to https://www.feedingamerica.org/ there are 6,300 food insecure children living in Cochise County. The Benson School food pantries are working to reduce this number and we are happy to help them in their quest.