Wunderlich Staying Healthy with Cooking and Competition
Wunderlich Intermediate stayed winning this past week! Dr. Joice A. Jeffries, Principles of Health Science teacher, was given a grant for her new club and students took part in some healthy competition at the school’s spelling bee.
Twin sisters Jennifer and Yosselin Arias dominated Wunderlich’s 25-round spelling bee, taking both first [Jennifer] and second [Yosselin] place with third place winner, Mahum Ahmed, close behind. The five words during the last round were controversy, masquerade, millionaire, groceteria, and astronautical. Way to go, eighth-graders!
You know what’s really out of this world? The Oliver Foundation awarding Dr. Jeffries with a two-year, $5,000 Healthy Choices grant to put toward “Thyme to Cook,” a fun-filled program where students learn all about nutrition, wellness, leadership and creating a brighter future for themselves.
“Thyme To Cook will give our students additional time to discuss, experience, and have hands-on activities, so they can learn the importance of making healthy choices every day of their lives,” Dr. Jeffries said. “Their outstanding future is linked to them making healthy choices like nutrition and physical activity now, so they can think critically, make good decisions, and be positive leaders.”
The Oliver Foundation is a Houston-based 501(c) (3) non-profit operating foundation organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity. They provide technical support, training, and nutrition and physical activity education materials to grant recipients.
“Any program that can teach healthy habits and basic nutrition to students is very important to us,” The Oliver Foundation Program Director Sandy Bristow said. “We tend to fund grants to schools that have the greatest needs for our support.”
The Oliver Foundation began awarding grants to Klein ISD schools in 2015. Since then, they have funded grants to Eiland Elementary, Klein Intermediate, Strack Intermediate, and Wunderlich Intermediate.
“It is a humbling experience to work with people who are committed to improving the lives of our children,” Dr. Jeffries said. “I am very grateful for how Mrs. Bristow worked with me throughout the application process and, most importantly, I am overfilled with joy that our Wunderlich students will be the recipients of the Oliver Foundation’s generosity.”
The Thyme to Cook program will begin January 14, 2020, with 25 students chosen to meet and cook twice a month with Dr. Jeffries.
We are so happy for our Wunderlich Intermediate family for all their triumphs. We can’t wait to see what’s next for these Wildcats!
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