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Mount Vernon City School District holds its annual Health Fair

Mount Vernon City School District holds its annual Health Fair

The Mount Vernon City School District held its annual Health Fair on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Mount Vernon Honor Academy. Families in Mount Vernon came out for a day of outside activities and fun for the children.  

Students doing yoga with instructor reaching up

Community organizations set up at tables to connect with families about the resources they offer. The Westchester Community Health Center, We Run Mount Vernon, Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and many more organizations came to share how they can help the community of Mount Vernon.  

“We all have to be mindful of our health,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith. “We all have to think about our health, and I would encourage everyone to take a pledge regarding self-care. It’s so wonderful to have this event. The fact that we’re having a health fair speaks volumes in terms of how the district feels about children and their families.” 

The Health Fair was organized by the Office of Administration, Climate and Culture. Parent liaisons planned, organized, and ran the event. They arrived hours before to set up and worked throughout the day making sure the Health Fair went smoothly and families benefitted from the event. 

Districtwide Psychologist Fernanda Carvalho also had a table to share the mental health resources available within the district. Student volunteers helped by running game stations for the children and giving them a fun outlet while their parents explored the community resources.  

Dad and daughter playing Jenga

“Part of our mission and vision this year is to be more connected with the community,” said Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Climate and Culture Dr. Beverley Jones. “This year we have added additional vendors and activities. It’s an entire family affair today. There are lots of activities for the kids, so families can come on out and just connect with us today.” 

Children played giant Connect 4, ring toss, and Cornhole. There was also a bouncy house and an inflatable bounce house. They spent the entire fair running from station to station and enjoying their time with friends and family. They could also get their face painted and get temporary tattoos. A magician attended the event and amazed the children with his tricks. 

“I really think it is great that the district is taking the initiative to instill such good values such as health in our community,” said Chanel Baxter, Eleventh Grade Student at Denzel Washington School of the Arts.” And it’s good to see kids getting outside more.” 

3 students, one with butterfly temporary tattoo

Health was the main focus of the fair, so students were provided with a session of yoga as well. They learned stretching and breathing techniques that can help them physically and mentally throughout their lives.  

Families were also provided with a food pantry where they could select a whole chicken and several vegetables to take home. 

Hamburgers, hotdogs, and snacks were served to everyone at lunchtime. There was also a raffle with a chance to win an assortment of prizes towards the end of the day. 

Families left with a wealth of knowledge from community organizations that can help them and their health. They also left knowing that the Mount Vernon City School District is there for them to support their health and their children's health. 

Raffle winners looking at prizes
Food pantry set up
One older student and one younger student going down slide holding hands
Students playing ring toss
Parent and son viewing resources at community organization table
Student playing cornhole
3 Parents at aromatherapists table
Parents listening to teacher

Families throughout the Mount Vernon School District came out to support their children and get informed about their education at back-to-school-night. Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School, Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, Rebecca Turner Academy, Edward Williams School, Denzel Washington School of the Arts and Mount Vernon High School held their back-to-school nights on Thursday, September 29, 2023.  

Crowd of Parents and students

Parents were treated to a catered meal as they visited Mount Vernon Honor Academy to hear about the advanced program that their children were admitted to. New Academies of Talent, Leadership and Scholars (ATLAS) students were welcomed to the program and teachers explained what it entailed at their welcome night on Thursday, September 28, 2023.  

3 students with new sneakers and Jude

Four deserving students left school with new pairs of sneakers thanks to a donation from Jude Sainjour, cofounder of Buttafly, a clothing shop in Mount Vernon. Mr. Sainjour traveled to Grimes School to personally give the students their new shoes on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Dad and daughter

Fathers gathered around the entrance of their child's school and children beamed with happiness as their dads got a chance to visit their school. Lincoln School, Mount Vernon Leadership Academy, Hamilton School, Cecil H. Parker School and Graham School held Dads Bring Your Child to School Day on Thursday, September 21, 2023.  

Brian Simmons

The Mount Vernon City School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department has announced that it will be offering emergency medical technician (EMT) training at Mount Vernon High School. The courses will be available for around 20 12th-grade students at MVHS and Rebecca Turner Academy (RTA).