Advancing Family Engagement for a Healthy Classroom and Community

Reinforcing student health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community – is a continuous act across a child’s life and requires an ongoing commitment as children mature into young adulthood. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the SC Department of Education recognize this commitment and are providing communities and educators with tools to help families prioritize healthy living and create thriving home environments. Find out why you should take advantage of free tools and resources so the healthy choice is the easiest choice for your students and their families.

The WSCC model is the CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools. It is a student-centered model and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. This webinar addresses one component of the WSCC model:

Family Engagement: Families and school staff work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of students. Family engagement with schools is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families. School staff are committed to making families feel welcomed, engaging families in a variety of meaningful ways, and sustaining family engagement. Families are committed to actively supporting their child’s learning and development. This relationship between school staff and families cuts across and reinforces student health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community. Family engagement should be continuous across a child’s life and requires an ongoing commitment as children mature into young adulthood.

You may receive a certificate of completion by watching the recording and completing the reflection survey.

How to Build First Aid Skills for Students and Vaccine Confidence Among Parents

Join the SC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the SC Schools Network for the 2023-24 Connecting Communities and Schools webinar series. The series aims to enhance collaboration between schools and communities using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as a framework to support student health.

Find out how schools and communities can work together to increase awareness of chronic disease and prevention while laying the foundation for good health and success in the future. During this webinar, you will learn how to build first aid skills for high school students through partnerships with community organizations that provide nationally certified CPR and AED training. Ronald Rouse’s Law ensures that each school district provides high school students instruction in CPR and awareness of the use of AEDs at least once during the entire four years of grades nine through twelve.

You’ll also gain valuable knowledge on how to create strong confidence in vaccines within communities using the SCDHEC Back-to-School Immunization Toolkit. Most people in the United States are vaccinated against widespread illnesses; however, some people do not trust the safety and effectiveness of vaccines because of personal experience or lack of information. When parents don’t vaccinate their children, it can lead to absenteeism and low classroom performance.

The WSCC model is the CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools. It is a student-centered model and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. This webinar addresses one component of the WSCC model:

Health Services: Health services connect school staff, students, families, community and healthcare providers to promote the health care of students and a healthy and safe school environment. School health services actively collaborate with school and community support services to increase the ability of students and families to adapt to health and social stressors, such as chronic health conditions or social and economic barriers to health, and to be able to manage these stressors and advocate for their own health and learning needs.

You may receive a certificate of completion by watching the recording and completing the reflection survey.

Engaging Communities, Schools and Youth to Create Safe Spaces for Physical Activity

Engaging Communities, Schools and Youth to Create Safe Spaces for Physical Activity

April 17 @ 10:00 am 11:15 am

Join the SC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the SC Schools Network for the 2023-24 Connecting Communities and Schools webinar series. The series aims to enhance collaboration between schools and communities using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as a framework to support student health.

Flyer of the April 17th presenters Brandie and Jamaius

The physical environment is a key tool for living a healthy lifestyle!  Learn from Brandie Freeman, Wholespire Marketing and Communications Manager, and Jamaius White, The HYPE Project Program Manager, as they discuss community and school projects that shape the physical environment.  This webinar will explore advocacy efforts surrounding schools, the Healthy Young People Empowerment Project (HYPE!), and funding opportunities for PSE change!

Growing Healthy Habits with School Gardens and the Faith, Activity and Nutrition Program

Growing Healthy Habits with School Gardens and the Faith, Activity and Nutrition Program

March 6 @ 10:00 am 11:15 am

Growing healthy habits with school gardens and the faith activity nutrition program

Join the SC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the SC Schools Network for the 2023-24 Connecting Communities and Schools webinar series. The series aims to enhance collaboration between schools and communities using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as a framework to support student health.

During this presentation, Amy Dabbs and Carolyn Lindstrom with Clemson Extension School and Community Gardening will review the benefits of school gardening and resources available for South Carolina schools to grow and sustain their gardens. The Clemson Extension School Gardening for South Carolina Educators program works closely with state and community partners to provide high-quality professional training and technical support for school gardening initiatives. The program pairs a standards-based curriculum for grades K-8 with ongoing technical support that utilizes the Clemson Extension network of extension agents and volunteers. Examples of how schools have made the connections between their gardens, the classroom, and the cafeteria will be shared. The goal is to equip educators with the skills and materials needed to enrich garden-based learning and support school wellness initiatives through the development of successful school gardens.

Dr. Zora Denson serves as a FAN (Faith Activity Nutrition) Coordinator. This initiative was developed by the University of South Carolina’s Prevention Resource Center. It addresses common health conditions impacting congregations and communities. She coordinates the FAN monthly assembling and participation of thirty-five local churches. The two-hour program focuses on physical activity and healthy eating.

Speakers

Amy Dabbs
Clemson Extension Statewide School and Community Gardening Coordinator

Carolyn Lindstrom
Clemson Extension School and Community Gardening Program Assistant

Dr. Zora Denson
Director of Community Relations Town of Heath Springs SC