By Guillermo Gomez
Recently, Parents United for Healthy Schools held its 4th Annual Parent Summit, "Creating Healthier Schools Through Parent Leadership in Chicago Public Schools." More than 200 parents representing 40 school-based wellness teams participated. The summit was a reflection of the positive changes that are taking place in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) through school wellness teams and parent involvement.
This year’s summit was a celebration filled with sones jarochos music and dancing along with parent testimonials that highlighted the rewards of long years of work developing school wellness teams. We recognized two young students, now in high school, who demonstrated feisty leadership advocating for recess at their schools. Six parents from Little Village Academy were recognized for winning their local school council elections on a wellness platform. And two schools, McCormick and Lowell Elementary, were recognized for their school wellness team’s incorporation of recess as a SIPAAA goal.
Parents also celebrated two major accomplishments:
Parents also announced the Go for the Gold Campaign as a goal for next year. The Go for the Gold campaign is an initiative to improve school food and fitness in Chicago by supporting school efforts to meet the HealthierUS School Challenge. This program will improve student access to healthy meals, nutrition education and physical activity.