Wellness Update

Kizirian’s Valerie Mena and Iverson Almeida try a bite of asparagus during a presentation by Farm Fresh RI Chef Kimberly Clark.

Kizirian’s Valerie Mena and Iverson Almeida try a bite of asparagus during a presentation by Farm Fresh RI Chef Kimberly Clark.

Wellness Committee seeking new members

The Providence School Board’s Wellness Committee is seeking parent, teacher and student input.

If you have a strong commitment to healthy school meals, increased recess and physical activity for students, quality physical education programming, healthy fundraising efforts and better health outcomes for all Providence students, please considering joining the committee.

The committee meetings are held every other month for one hour.

In 2005, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a law requiring the establishment of a School District Wellness Committee as a subcommittee of the full School Board. In November of 2013, the Providence School Board adopted a new Wellness Policy for Providence Schools, which adheres to all updated federal, state and local requirements.

To find out more, ask questions or to sign up, contact School Board Member and Health & Wellness Committee Chair Phanida Phivilay Bessette at PhanidaP.Bessette@ohhs.ri.gov or PPSD’s Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Quigley-Harris at Jennifer.QuigleyHarris@ppsd.org or at (401) 835-6838.

Immunization requirements have changed

Parents of children entering preschool, childcare centers and kindergarten and older students in grades 7, 12 as well as college in Rhode Island should note the state’s new immunization requirements. To view a summary of the changes, please go to the link below, and follow up with your child’s physician.


Students try asparagus and rhubarb

Thanks to the federal Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program, under the direction of the United Stated Department of Agriculture, Providence students recently tried asparagus and rhubarb at Asa Messer, Carl Lauro, William D’Abate, Robert F. Kennedy, Harry Kizirian and Robert L. Bailey elementary schools.

The Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program provide fruits and vegetables that students might not otherwise have a chance to sample and serves them in the classroom with a corresponding lesson. Bailey and Kizirian each received a free educational classroom workshop led by Chef Kimberly Clark of Farm Fresh RI, who spoke to students about local farms, how asparagus and rhubarb grow, and discussed the nutritional components and vitamins in each.

As students tasted their samples, they completed a worksheet and viewed photos of the fruit and vegetable being harvested on a Rhode Island farm.