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, mental health supports, management of chronic medical conditions and staff wellbeing initiatives. In the 2021-22 school year we will be using the funding to support programs such as Health Education curriculum development, staff emotional wellbeing spaces, 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

    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. Watch us on the news!

    The Trust For Public Land: BCCS is excited to announce a new partnership with The Trust for Public Land! This partnership will help to drive the creation of reimagined outdoor spaces at Brooklyn Center Elementary (BCE). Throughout the process staff, students, families and community partners will work together to design and implement new BCE schoolyards. The Trust for Public Land states, "A Healthy Community Schoolyard is a school space reimagined to address issues of health, equity, and climate, designed through a community-led participatory design process, and open and welcoming to the public."  This project includes opportunities in which families, staff and community members can engage with the exciting developments.

    SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership): SHIP funding is from the MN Legislature and is distributed through Hennepin County to Brooklyn Center Community Schools. The funding in 2021-22 will support middle school students' holistic wellbeing through staff professional development training in the Interconnectedness of Mindful Movement and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Anti-Racist Practices presentation and asynchronous continuing education in Trauma-Sensitive Mindful Movement and SEL with a culturally responsive focus training modules through the MN Department of Education. The program designed to prioritize student wellness as part of our school culture. Additional funding is supporting the procurement of a fleet of bicycles for kindergarten phy ed in the spring of 2022. A new partnership with the Hennepin County Health@Work department is supporting the implementation of the staff emotional wellbeing spaces through the CDC1801 and SHIPmates funding streams.

    Action For Healthy Kids: BCCS is excited to partner 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. 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. 
    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. 

    The BCCS District Nutrition Guidelines Committee, comprised of students, parents, staff and partners, is working 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. 




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