Wednesday, 05 June 2019 23:07

Granby Elementary Receives Healthy Highway Award

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Healthy Highway community partners present Granby Elementary principal and physical education teachers with the first-ever Healthy Highway Green Light to Good Health Award during a recent school assembly. Healthy Highway community partners present Granby Elementary principal and physical education teachers with the first-ever Healthy Highway Green Light to Good Health Award during a recent school assembly. Submitted photo

Granby Elementary School is the proud winner of the inaugural Healthy Highway Green Light to Good Health Award, recently presented by several members of the regional initiative.

Wendy Cooper, president and founder of the Healthy Highway program, expressed her enthusiasm for the momentum of sharing healthy lifestyle tips throughout Oswego County. The local Healthy Highway initiative has been a joint effort among Oswego Health, the Oswego County Health Department and several supporters who have taken on the challenge of sharing information to empower children and adults to make their own healthy choices.

That is exactly what Granby physical education teacher Kelsey Maselli has embodied throughout the 2018-2019 school year, alongside colleague Jack Popper and several Granby grade-level teachers and Principal Gina Salerno. Maselli and her team were praised by Healthy Highway partners for the many efforts to captivate students’ attention to healthy living and the encouragement to take information learned and share with their families and friends.

“I am blown away; I can’t believe it,” Maselli said, shortly after accepting the honor.

Students in Megan Whisman’s classroom were crowned one of the school champions for making the most green light (healthiest) choices in the school cafeteria, such as: eat a variety of foods, drink water, clean up after yourself, use manners, use an appropriate voice level and be respectful, responsible and safe. In the physical education classes, all Granby students played a variety of games to become more engaged in healthy lifestyles. Fourth-graders Saoirse Rodrigues, Chloe Britton and Eli Johnson all said they learned that making the right choices will help them stay fit and active, and lead into longer, healthier lives.

Cooper said one of the strengths of the Healthy Highway program is each school in the county can adapt to it and find fun ways to create a welcoming, healthy environment for students. She said there are plans to expand the program to families and the community.

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