Port Wentworth Elementary School Earns Silver by Creating a Healthier Environment

Port Wentworth Elementary School - Port Wentworth, GA

The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps schools improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; enhance nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs to build a healthier school environment. The Healthy Schools Program recognizes schools that succeed in addressing these areas at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level. Port Wentworth Elementary School in Port Wentworth, GA received the National Healthy Schools Silver Award in 2014.

Students at Port Wentworth Elementary School are learning both about the benefits of making healthy choices, and also able to directly apply what they learn in school. Through the use of a community garden and food sampling opportunities, students are practicing their healthy habits throughout the school day. Staff have witnessed a noticeable change among students. “The energy of our building was much more positive and healthy,” said Vice Principal Brian Keefer. “Students, parents and staff saw the opportunity of integrating healthy choices as a challenge.” Staff participated in biometric screening, stress relieving exercises, and a daily moment of physical activity to reinforce the school’s culture of health.