Schools News

How Do You Effectively Engage School Districts?

May 20, 2021 (York County, SC) Read how ESMMYC “effectively engages the school districts” – a question that our past chair received while presenting at the “Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities.”

Walk and Roll Safely to School Together

Jan. 24, 2021 (Tega Cay, SC) Tega Cay Elementary School is a model for walking and biking to school, with sidewalks, a walking path, and bike racks filled on any nice day. Read these tips on how cyclists and pedestrians can be safe together.

Parents Asks RFATS to Enable Students to Walk to Schools Safely

Jan. 23, 2021 (York County, SC) At yesterday’s RFATS Policy Committee meeting, Fort Mill families asked elected officials and agencies to complete a sidewalk along the road where their children will walk and cycle to two new schools. RFATS is the local municipal planning organization responsible for our regional transportation plan. Read the comments, how we perceive the RFATS response, and next steps!

Parents Pursuing Safe Ped/Cycling to 2 New FMSD Schools

Jan. 9, 2021 (Fort Mill, SC) Kids naturally will walk to school if they live nearby, yet Fort Mill residents worry that the route to two new schools is unsafe. Read about efforts and obstacles for getting a safe pathway to CRHS and FCMS.

Free Meals for York County Kids (Summer Feeding)

June 11, 2020 (York County, SC) Let’s keep all kids fed in York County this summer! Times are hard but free meals are available. A nutritious meal is vital to the health, happiness and growth of a child. Current feeding sites for kids are listed here.

Community Leader: Jessica Cody

York County, SC (Oct. 2019) Thanks to leaders like Jessica Cody, who is willing to go the extra mile for their community to ensure a healthy future and a culture of health, York County and communities around the state have a fighting chance for healthy change and sustainability. Eat Smart Move More South Carolina recognizes Jessica Cody as a 2019 community leader.

Food Share Program in the York School District

York County (May 29, 2019) The York School District’s Food Service Director discussed their successful food share program, Stop Food Waste, at the April 2019 ESMMYC general meeting. The program is now in its third year and has donated about 24,000 pounds of food to our community! Learn about the program’s origin, school and student participation, and tips for school districts wanting to start a program. ESMMYC would be pleased to support school districts in their food share programs.

Bike Rodeo and All Inclusive Playground Benefit from 6th Grade Project

Tega Cay, SC (Mar. 31,  2019) Local 6th graders assigned the Pay it Forward project, “to think of an idea for change that helps our community and put it into action,” made an impact. One team hosted a “Bike Rodeo” in which they taught bike safety and promoted a love of bicycling to about 40 preschool and elementary school-aged kids. They also raised funds and awareness for All Play Together all-inclusive playground.

Standard Setting: School Wellness Policies – Food Marketing to Kids?

York County, SC (Mar. 27, 2019) ESMMYC supports school wellness policies that prohibit the marketing to students of foods that do not meet minimum nutrition standards. Such advertising on campus weakens school and family efforts to teach students to make informed choices about nutrition, health and physical activity.

Setting the Standard: School District Wellness Policies – Food Rewards?

York County, SC (Mar. 17, 2019) Effective wellness policies support a culture of health within a school community by establishing sustainable, uniform practices and procedures that make the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff, and families. Food rewards are not the healthy choice.