Wellness Projects with Partners
CDC 1801 Grant: Brooklyn Center Community Schools (BCCS) is in the fourth year of a five year grant through the CDC. The CDC1801 grant is implemented through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and is focused on increasing student wellness in schools, through greater access to physical activity opportunities, access to nutritious foods, and management of chronic medical conditions. Read more about the grant here. In the 2021-22 school year we will be using the funding to support programs such as student-centered emotional well-being spaces, mindful movement opportunities during the school day, nutrition education with local and culturally-diverse produce for students, families and staff, staff wellness programs and more. In the 2018-19 school year, through the partnership with MDE, BCCS created a series of videos to support mindful movement in schools.
BCCS is also excited to implement the "Harvest of the Month" pilot project through the MN Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the MN Department of Education. During the 2021-22 school year we will offer monthly cafeteria taste tests, featuring locally-sourced produce and foods.
PrairieCare Fund Grant: BCCS is excited to be a recipient of a 2021-22 grant through the PrairieCare Fund to support student mental health. The funds will support the implementation of the student-created "Purple Rooms" plan at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM (BCS) and Brooklyn Center Early College Academy (ECA). The "Purple Rooms" will be student-centered spaces to support mental health and emotional wellbeing. The student-led grant implementation team will create a space where each student feels welcome and comfortable and will be used for students to process life experiences in real time.
SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership): SHIP funding is from the MN Legistlature and is distributed through Hennepin County to Brooklyn Center Community Schools. The funding in 2021-22 will support student mental and physical health through staff training in mindfulness practices, increase access to healthy hydration and nutrition, and partnerships to increase Social Emotional Learning for students and adults.
Action For Healthy Kids: BCCS looks forward to partnering again with Action For Healthy Kids in the 2021-22 school year. We will be focusing on a nutrition project which will include implementing student and staff taste tests featuring seasonal produce and culturally-diverse recipes at all three school sites.
When distance learning was implemented due to COVID19 in the 2019-20 school year Action For Healthy Kids funding supported the creation of movement videos and sequence graphs for middle and high school students. In the 2018-19 school year the organization funded mindful movement training for staff, resulting in this inspiring story.
Preferred One supports BCCS employees with Wellness Credits that the Wellness Committee uses to supply holistic wellbeing programs and courses, such as movement and fitness, nutrition education, mindfulness sessions and more. Find registration information on the BCCS Eleyo site.
Life Time Foundation and Chef Ann Foundation worked in Brooklyn Center Community Schools for four years to improve the school food in our district. We are committed to removing harmful chemical ingredients from our food, increasing scratch cooking, and sourcing more items from Minnesota producers. A product of the partnerships was the District Nutrition Guidelines Committee.
During the 2020-21 school year the District Nutrition Guidelines Committee, comprised of students, parents, staff and partners, worked to develop a set of nutrition guidelines* from which the District Nutrition Services and the school admininstration teams may work. After a comprehensive needs and interest assessment of our community, the three foundational guidelines we are originating with include: increasing the number of culturally-diverse menus items offered per month; working to serve only clean label and scratch-cooked menu items; decreasing waste in the cafeterias. Centering our student voices, within the culturally-diverse menu items catagory we will continue to work to normalize global foods and recipes and to decrease the amount of stigma and bullying students may experience when bringing foods from home into the cafeteria.
*The full set of guidelines will be printed and posted in the kitchens and cafeterias during the 2021-22 school year.