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Carver Academy School Nurse Wins State Award
WACO-Brenda Renfro-King, the school nurse at G.W. Carver Academy, has received a 2008 Award for Excellence in Texas School Health for her efforts in combating obesity among middle school students.
The award, sponsored by the Texas Department of Health Services, Texas Health Institute and the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation, recognizes effective school health programs that strive to improve the lifelong health of students.
The desire for a healthy student population at Carver prompted King to develop the Carver Health and Wellness Committee. The committee is composed of students, parents, teachers, community members and health professionals who meet quarterly to develop and implement wellness programs. The group’s aim is to promote nutrition education, healthy eating habits and exercise for students, teachers and parents.
“My students and parents have been wonderful this year,” said King. “They’ve dedicated themselves to better health. Several students even wrote and performed a theme song about wellness.”
“Being a part of the wellness committee has taught me a lot about being healthy,” said Carver student Tierra Dailey. “It has also inspired me to pursue a career as a cardiologist.”
“Ms. King is a great sponsor,” said Carver student Jalicia Coleman. “She has inspired me to become a pediatrician because she makes children feel important.”
“The wellness program is making a difference,” added Carver parent Destini Swain. “It’s good to know that Carver is concerned about the health of children as well as their education.”
King will attend the Texas School Health Association Conference in January 2009 where she will receive a certificate, a banner and a $1,000 cash award. She plans to use the funds to purchase a CPR mannequin for the school and start a CPR class for students.