Please read the attachment regarding dental services now available at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic located behind the Willamina High School.
We hope our local families can take advantage of these newly offered services!
Give the VGMH clinic a call at (503) 876-8564 for more information or if you have any questions!
Willamina Elementary was awarded the high honor of becoming a "Green Ribbon School" by the US Department of Education. There were only 78 schools awarded in 29 states across the nation, with Willamina Elementary being only 1 of 4 in the state of Oregon to win this award.
Please read the attached articles for more interesting information about our new and well deserved status!
Great job to everyone involved!
On Saturday March 12, The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Daiy Council presented Willamina Elementary School with the 2011 Oregon Wellness Award for implementation of the district's wellness policy. This award includes a plaque, banner and $2,500. A detailed media release and plans for an all-school celebratory assembly are being developed and will be coming soon. Check back for more information.http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=7166&TypeID=5
By Kimberly Harmon -It is a wonderful
blessing when every child or teen can have free or low-cost health
coverage! Healthy Kids is a newly expanded health coverage program that
provides no-cost and low-cost health coverage for Oregon children and teens up
to their 19th birthday. Even kids with a medical condition can apply.
Coverage lasts for one full year and covers all health needs, including doctor
visits, dental care, vision, mental or behavioral health services, and
prescriptions. Your child will not be turned away due to pre-existing
conditions or be put on a waiting list. No family makes too much money
for Healthy Kids. For example, a family of four that earns as much as
$66,000 a year may qualify for low-cost coverage. To make an appointment
to enroll your child or teen in Healthy Kids, please contact Kimberly Harmon at
(971) 832-0792 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For
more information about Healthy Kids, please visit www.oregonhealthykids.gov.
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Willamina Elementary School Awarded National Recognition for Nutrition Program
By Susan Castillo
United States Department of Agriculture official Allen Ng visited Willamina Elementary School in Willamina Oregon last week to honor the elementary school with a National Healthier School Challenge Award. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) program to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through the promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.
I am proud of Willamina Elementary for their dedication to establishing a healthy school environment for their students. Willamina recognizes the link between health and education and demostrated their commitment through an extraordinary cooperation between food service, teaching staff, administrators, and students. They have exceeded standards by providing healthier food choices, nutrition education, and physical activity to students and have earned this national recognition by creating a world-class school nutrition program. We know that healthy students learn better and physical health is a crucial component for academic achievement.
I applaud Willamina Elementary for their leadership and encourage other schools to explore the many partnerships and opportunities available in Oregon to support this work. The Healthy Kids Learn Better program is a partnership led by specialists from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Department of Human Services - Health Services, in collaboration with other health and education organizations aimed at supporting health-related school programs.
Every year, I honor Oregon schools with outstanding school wellness programs. The schools recognized have effectively implemented their district’s wellness policies, are creatively promoting healthy student behavior, and are monitoring and evaluating their programs to meet all student needs. These schools all have strong child nutrition programs to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors. For more information Oregon School Wellness awards and how to nominate your school go to:http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=5244
PHOTO CAPTION: (left to right) Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Program Director Joyce Dougherty, Willamina student, and US Department of Agriculture Western Regional Administrator Allen Ng share a healthy lunch.