AWARDING WELLNESS ADVOCACY IN OUR SCHOOLS
In 2017, Wellness Foundation launched the School Wellness Leadership Awards to recognize one school and one educator on the East End who have demonstrated a commitment to wellness. Wellness Foundation assembled a selection panel of community leaders to choose from among the applicants. The individual receives a $500 award and the school receives $2,500 to use toward wellness activities and together, these wellness champions inspire others in their schools to lead healthier lives.
2017 INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL
WELLNESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Southampton Superintendent of Schools Nick Dyno, Doug Mercer, Lisa Serrell, and Michele Sacconaghi
The 2017 award went to Lisa Serrell from Southampton Elementary School. Lisa brings a deep passion and commitment to her work as a Physical Education Teacher and has worked hard to promote a culture of wellness throughout Southampton Elementary School. Lisa is not afraid to challenge the status quo and she consistently goes above and beyond to dedicate her time and energy to positive change. Some of the initiatives that Lisa has implemented are having students run a lap at the start of every recess, providing pedometers for students to track their steps, and creating a fun, annual field day event. Lisa also instructs other teachers in ways to get kids moving including how to use brain breaks effectively in the classroom. She is an active member of the district wellness committee, and she recently advocated successfully to the superintendent to secure PE as a daily class for all elementary school students. Lisa received a $400 check toward wellness at her school and a massage courtesy of Southampton Hospital Wellness Institute.
2017 EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL
East Hampton Middle School Bonac On Board to Wellness Doug Mercer, Lea Bryant, Barbara Tracey and Michele Sacconaghi
We were thrilled to present the inaugural Excellence in School Wellness Award, which includes a check for $2,500 to use toward a school wellness effort to East Hampton Middle School– Lea Bryant and Barbara Tracey! For the past 13 years they have been leaders in school wellness, promoting school-wide nutrition education in conjunction with Wellness Foundation’s WKids program. Their 7th grade Added Sugar Lab teaches students about the prevalence of added sugar and they also had an 8th grade Chef Wars competition. Their Bonac on Board to Wellness program hosts different wellness events such as a community 5k run and dance classes culminating in a final event, Mad Heart Ball. The school has also been a powerful advocate for healthy items in the cafeteria as well as creating a Student Awareness Program to eliminate bullying and help students manage stress.
Nominate your school or teacher for our
2019 LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Wellness Foundation is currently accepting nominations
for our next Leadership Awards, to be announced in Spring 2019.
Deadline for entries is February 14th, so show some love
for wellness in your school!