Welcome back to school!
We hope everyone had a great summer. There are many great ways to kick off the new school year with fun, healthy initiatives. Please share these ideas with your PTA parents.
Georgia PTA Gets in Shape!
On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, head out with your family, your PTA, your school club, or scouts troop, etc. and make fitness fun! We have partnered with Georgia Shape, Walk Georgia, and Stone Mountain Memorial Association. Hike up Stone Mountain with your group and take a selfie or video. Or visit your local park and send in your pics to our hashtag: #PTAinShape. Click here (also attached below) for a flyer that you can use on your photo or video to let us know where you are. Prizes to the top submissions! Stone Mountain Theme Park is offering discounted tickets to the park when you are done. For full details, click here and for directions click here. Parking at the Theme Park is $15. See you there.
Health & Wellness Initiatives
Do you want to start Health & Wellness initiatives in your school but don’t know where to start? Join us on Wednesday, August 31 at 10:00am at the state office for a training session on how to advocate for some fun ways to get your school on the track to good health. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org, please include your name, school and that you are attending the H&W training on August 31. Contact us at email@example.com for more info.
Power Up for 30
Power Up for 30 an initiative of Georgia Shape, is no-cost training opportunity that empowers elementary schools to create an additional 30 minutes of physical activity every day, for every student. We are very excited to see research that demonstrates increases in physical activity throughout the school day among schools that are Power Up for 30 trained. If your school is interested in becoming a Power Up for 30 school, please fill out and return the registration form to Katie Smith (Katie.Smith@dph.ga.gov). Spaces will fill up fast, so please return your form as soon as possible to ensure that your school gets in on this opportunity!
Farm to School
Farm to School month is ready to Leaf it to Spinach! Each year, Georgia Organics selects a vegetable to celebrate October Farm to School Month and encourage kids across Georgia to try new things and make healthy choices. Individuals/PTAs/schools who size up to participate in Leaf it to Spinach will receive access to an electronic toolkit that includes spinach-infused easy activities and recipes, pre-k to 8th grade standards-based lessons, cooking videos, and much more! The first 300 people to sign up will also receive a packet of spinach seeds and a Georgia planting and harvesting calendar. Georgia Organics will have weekly social media contests with prizes throughout October so make sure to use #LeafittoSpinach to showcase all of your activities! To sign up for Leaf it to Spinach resources, visit http://georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/leafittospinach.
We are very excited about the new school year. Need ideas or assistance? We have a lot of information at your fingertips here on Georgia PTA’s Health & Wellness Website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.