Health & Wellness Initiatives

The Medina City Schools Health and Wellness Committee works toward promoting health and wellness initatives throughout the school district community.  The committee is comprised of support, certified and administrative staff members, parents, and health related representatives from the community.

The committee hosts speakers in regard to health and wellness issues, has hosted a Family Health and Wellness Night, coordinates the efforts of the School Garden program, enourages health and wellness activities within the schools.  Some new iniiatives being worked on include an online resource guide for health and wellness activities, tips, meals,and other pertinent information for use in the classroom or at home, and a quarterly newsletter. 


School Garden Initiative

The Medina City Schools Communtiy Garden program is in its fourth year.  The garden program is an initiative of the Medina City Schools Health and Wellness Committee.  School and community gardens teach and enhance environmental attitudes, community spirit, social skills, self-confidence, leadership skills, volunteerism, motor skills, scholastic acheivement, and nutritional attitudes. School gardens can yield gratifying and often surprising results for students and adults.

Program Goals:

  • Provide hands-on and service learning opportunities for Medina City Schools students, staff, and community members to work together in a positive, educational, and healthy initiative while providing Medina residents with fresh and healthy produce.
  • Integrate school gardens into district curriculum, including math (estimating, measuring, growth time, graphing), science (environmental education, plant propagation, weather, biology), art (garden layouts and design, painting, sculpture), citizenship (community service, environmental responsibility),physical education (digging, planting).
  • Implement nutrition education and promote healthy living among teh school community.
  • Forge community partnerships
  • Promote environmental sustainability
  • Establish and maintain a garden at each of the District's 10 schools
  • Increase interest and participation among students, staff, and the community.

 

Currently, there are gardens at five schools within the district- Medina High School, A.I. Root Middle School, and Fenn, Blake and Heritage elementary schools.  New gardens will be constructed this spring at Garfield and Northrop elementary schools.  The new gardens are Eagle Scout Projects designed by Trevor Thompson and Danny Rodriguez from Medina Boy Scout Troop 462.  Beginning in 2009, the garden program has produced fresh produce for donation to local Medina food pantries.  Program volunteers include parents, students, community members, and school district staff.

Please help us grow!  All garden supplies have been donated or purchsed through a grant from the Medina City Schools Foundation.  There is no cost for this program to the school district.  Community support will help our garden program grow.  The Garden Program is in need of volutneers, garden supplies, and creative ideas.  If you would like to help, email grigsby@zoominternet.net or any of the following contacts:

Medina High School:  Kim Grigsby - grigsby@zoominternet.net or Liz Kiousis - kiousise@mcsoh.org

A.I. Root Middle School - Melanie Condosta - condostm@mcsoh.org

Blake Elementary - Vanessa Stygles - styglesv@mcsoh.org or Tish Rydell - rydellp@mcsoh.org

Fenn Elementary - Kevin Henslee - hensleek@mcsoh.org

Heritage Elementary - Patty Powers - powersp@mcsoh.org

Garfield Elementary - Heather Doyle - doyleh@mcsoh.org

Northrop Elementary - Cyndi McClintock - mcclintc@mcsoh.org