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Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents Grant
Narrative We are a medium sized school district in central Wisconsin. We have 2,635 students enrolled for grade levels K-12.Our district consists of 6 elementary schools, one middle School, and one high school. As a district we are economically disadvantaged with just under 50% of our students living below the poverty line. We are predominant in English language, with only 51 students being below proficient. Our district is split up fairly even between male and female students. While the individual numbers are not large we do have representatives of several races/ethnicities. We have about 2,400 students who declare they are Caucasian. We also have more than 250 students who declare they are Asian, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic students. We make up a close-knit community and we have very strong core values. Currently we are seeking a grant to help us improve on our weaknesses; we have identified the lack of multi-cultural materials and resources in our health classes as our weakness. Through the Healthy Habits: Timing for developing sustainable healthy behaviors in children and adolescents grant, health education teachers will be able to begin making our weaknesses stronger. With our district becoming more diverse it has become apparent that we are not meeting all of our student’s needs. With this grant we would include more multi-cultural lessons/units and demographical information to our students’ by getting culturally diverse textbooks for the students to learn from and the educators to create their lesson plans from. We will also be bringing in professional speakers with experiences or expertise that range from former bully, victim of bullying, as well as bystander of bullying to discuss bullying and how bullying behaviors negatively impact all stakeholders of a school and community. By bringing in guest speakers, getting new text books to base new lessons on the students will be exposed to and given the opportunity to develop both the knowledge about

culture and diversity, and become more skilled in advocacy efforts to end the negative impact of bully behaviors. First we would begin by taking assessment of our current school through polls and questionnaires. From those results we will formulate health education lesson plans to help meet our students’ multicultural needs. A questionnaire will be done every year with the seniors to assess our improvements.