Growing Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Communities (GHMBC)

$5,885
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Raised toward our $12,000 Goal
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Project ends on October 31, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Help UM Grow Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Communities in Mississippi Schools

Yoga lesson with Tess Johnson

Two-thirds of children in communities across Mississippi are considered unprepared to enter kindergarten. We know that children who enter school behind academically continue to struggle to catch up. The School of Education at the University of Mississippi needs your support for an important program that prepares children by focusing on the development of the whole child in our state’s communities. 

Growing Healthy Minds, Bodies and Communities (GHMBC) was founded in 2018 by School of Education faculty members Dr. Alicia Stapp, Dr. Kenya Wolff and program manager Tess Johnson to promote the development of children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being.  

GHMBC provides curriculum, tools, resources and training for educators to teach integrated lessons including yoga and mindfulness, gardening and nutrition, conflict management, diversity and inclusion, and physical activities that support the well-being of all children. Additionally, GHMBC encourages families and communities to continue learning outside the classroom with weekly take-home ideas and summer activity kits that match what children learn throughout the year. The program has also partnered with local grocers and chefs, including Oxford’s Chicory Market and chef Elizabeth Speed, to provide take-home meal kits for families to prepare and share together.

 Since its establishment, GHMBC has reached more than 700 preschool children and their families in north Mississippi, including schools in Lafayette and Sunflower counties and at the Willie Price Lab School. Program leaders plan to expand their current outreach this academic year by serving an additional 150+ children in three schools in the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.

GHMBC has previously received funding from organizations dedicated to early childhood programs and children’s health, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the UM Community Wellbeing Constellation and Move On Up, Mississippi. This past year, GHMBC received the UM Excellence in Community Engagement Award and the UM Achieving Equity Award to continue support of the program over the coming years.

Our work is just beginning. We are asking individuals and families to help us collectively raise $12,000 to continue serving Mississippi children this school year. Funds will be used to support:

  1. Program Management As GHMBC’s geographical reach expands across Mississippi, we must work harder to sustain our partner school relationships. Our staff continues to facilitate effective communications between schools, create and deliver classroom supplies, assist with the collection of program feedback and evaluation, and lead teacher training and professional development.
  2. Curriculum Supplies/Materials – Funds raised will help GHMBC expand to three preschools in the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District. Each teacher will implement 32 GHMBC lessons, requiring classroom materials such as paper, books, craft supplies, fruits and vegetables, cooking utensils, planting supplies, yoga mats and equipment for physical activity (i.e., balls, hula hoops, beach balls, ribbon wands).
  3. Tower Gardens – Classroom Tower Gardens are integrated into several GHMBC units and teach students about gardening, nutrition, science, math and language arts, while also fostering social-emotional skills and a love of fresh food. 

Help us promote the whole health of our Mississippi students by making a gift of any size to support Growing Healthy Minds, Bodies and Communities.

 


 

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$20.18

An Innovative Approach

GMHBC was established in 2018 to implement new, innovative curriculum to promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual health and to cultivate community engagement starting with the youngest learners. Give to honor our beginning!

$32

Lifelong Learning

Make a gift of $32 in honor of the 32 lessons implemented throughout the year for preschool children. Each lesson focuses on areas such as physical activity, mindfulness and healthy eating.

$60

Celebrating Excellence

To date, GMHBC has received support from six organizations and awards from Mississippi and beyond, including the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Move on Up, Mississippi and most recently, the UM Achieving Equity Award. While those awards and support have helped us get started, gifts from individuals and families are vital to sustain the success of this program.

$150

Expanding Our Reach

Our goal is to expand GHMBC's outreach to support 150 more children and families across Mississippi this year. To extend our program, we need your support! Please give to help us grow!

$365

Learning Beyond the Classroom

GHMBC impacts students and families beyond the classroom, 365 days a year. Lessons focused on wellness, mindfulness, anti-bullying and nutrition encourage students to learn beyond the classroom and make healthy choices as they grow.

$700

Supporting a Healthy Community

Since the program's creation, more than 700 children and families have benefitted from GHMBC. Your philanthropy helps to grow this program and improve quality of life for families around the state.

$967

Sponsoring a Classroom

Support one classroom's entire year of instructional aids needed for GMHBC, including craft supplies, fresh fruits and vegetables, yoga mats and books.

$1,157

Growing our Tower Gardens

Tower Gardens are an essential part of the GHMBC curriculum. Students learn how to take care of their plants and themselves through units about gardening, nutrition, science and math, while also fostering social-emotional skills.

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