World Health Day

At Peebles Elementary School on April 5, KISD school nutrition staff members take part in a dance while dressed as some healthy snacks. The school was recognizing World Health Day.

Continuing a series of globally focused information sessions, Peebles Elementary School turned attention April 5 to World Health Day.

The international day of health awareness is tied to the World Health Organization, which the United Nations spawned in 1948 to monitor global epidemics like malaria, smallpox and starvation and later HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

With students and parents in attendance, Peebles pre-kindergarten students introduced a series of videos they helped make addressing hygiene, nutrition and sanitation.

Students also led the audience in songs that involved physical movement.

PE teacher Melissa Landrum, counselor Eddie Benitez, teacher Lynn Hobson and nutrition supervisor Anethia Coffey offered tips about staying healthy, keeping active and using creativity.

Killeen ISD school nutrition staff members dressed as vegetables to take part in student-led songs and dances and then handed out fruit to students.

Much of the information aimed toward the approaching summer months.

Landrum urged parents to emphasize outdoor play in the summer before 10 in the morning and after 7 in the evening.

She also suggested swim lessons, bicycle riding with training wheels and plenty of water and sunscreen and limited television, technology and sugar.

The PE teacher also invited parents to consider taking part in Teams of Tomorrow, a Peebles basketball-handling team for third- through fifth-graders that happens after school in January and February.

Emphasizing healthy food choices, Coffey recommended parents stock up on carrots, yogurt and granola, smoothies with fruit and whole-grain cereal.

During summer school sessions June 10-27, KISD provides breakfast and lunch to all students in attendance. Also, the general public is welcome to eat from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday during summer school.

This year’s summer school sites for elementary students are Cedar Valley, Clear Creek, Duncan, Harker Heights, Hay Branch, Iduma, Maxdale, Nolanville, Peebles and Willow Springs elementary schools.

Lunch and breakfast also are available at YMCA daycare sites, which include Bellaire, Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Mountain View and Willow Springs elementary schools.

Other summer food service sites are the Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Oaks Trailer Park in Harker Heights, Ridgepoint Apartments in Killeen, Killeen Housing Authority, Temple of Faith Apostolic Church, Killeen Parks and Recreation, Freestyle Dance and New Beginnings.

Principal Gayle Dudley said Peebles, an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, is recognizing international celebrations this year, with days emphasizing peace, tolerance, women and health.

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