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Pontiac Middle School

Generation With Promise (GWP) project helps Pontiac (Madison) Middle School become a healthier place for students to learn!

Pontiac Middle School SATPontiac Middle School (PMS) cares about the health of its students and is becoming a healthier place! PMS is one of 17 in Michigan that receives $25,000 per year for each year they are involved in the Generation With Promise project from the Office of the Surgeon General (Michigan Department of Community Health).

The Student Action Team (SAT) is responsible for many of the healthy changes taking place at PMS. They have been working hard to plan "healthy" activities and learn ways they can develop action plans to address the health needs of the community.

What is a Student Action Team?

Seventh and eighth graders determine what the most pressing health issues are facing their school environment and then create activities and action plans that will address those issues. They work with adult leaders who support their efforts and guide them in their planning.

For example, the SAT, under the leadership of Bob Erikson (PE Teacher), held a scavenger hunt contest during Nutrition Week last April using vegetable beanie baby-type toys hidden around the school building. Students received information in their classes about fruits and vegetables as a part of the activity. As a reward for finding the toys, students entered a drawing and four of those students received brand new mountain bikes. Winners Kristen Pyke and Destiny Naucincano are pictured below. The other winners were Janiqua Keys and Kevin Harris.

Pontiac Middle School bike winner (1)

Pontiac Middle School bike winner (2)

With school change comes healthy change!

Formerly called Madison Middle School, the Student Action Team members are sporting a new name. They will no longer be known as the Madison Knights, but instead will be called the Pontiac Middle School AllStars. Their new colors will be red, black and white. Students said farewell to the old name, mascot and colors during a field day in May 2009. SAT members who are part of Generation With Promise are already working with new team members in their "all star" ranks and working together with the students from Jefferson and Lincoln to make a healthy impact on their new middle school.

PMS Student Action gets moving!

GWP carThe Pontiac Middle School SAT has hosted several activities around the theme "Move more, Eat better, Don't smoke." The group marched in the school's homecoming parade in October for two miles in cold temps. What a workout! They were accompanied by a truck with the Generation With Promise banner proudly displayed on the front bumper. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the SAT donned bright pink t-shirts at radio station WJLB's Cancer Awareness basketball game. The backs of the t-shirts displayed an important message about breast cancer prevention.

Move More: 6 hours of exercise per week may reduce the risks of breast cancer by 23% ...

Eat Better: Studies have linked high intake of fruits & vegetables with reduced risk of breast cancer…

Don't Smoke: Bottom Line? Stop Smoking, Lower Your Risk…

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Kids First partnered with PMS to provide food for needy families in the Pontiac area.  The Student Action Team volunteered to help pack the boxes and inserted healthy recipes for the recipients.  A family fitness night was held in November in the school's gymnasium where adults and kids enjoyed dancing and other physical activities. The after school program included healthy snacks and water. Another Family Fitness night is on tap for February 4 to learn new dance hustles. Support the Pontiac Middle School Student Action Team in their quest to make their school and community a healthier place to live. Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Pontiac Middle School event (1) Pontiac Middle School Family Fitness

New school year promises to bring exciting GWP events and activities

For the third year in a row, Generation With Promise SAT members will continue leadership training that will help them make an impact on school policy. They have already attended a regional workshop held on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. A youth summit is being planned for March and the SATs are now learning nutrition education and how to prepare healthy snacks through the GWP Family Enhancement Project.

Congratulations to Pontiac (Madison) Middle School and a special thanks to members of the Coordinated School Health and Student Action Teams, the GWP coordinators Heather Richards, Carris Carey, Principal Arlee Ewing and Bob Erickson (PE Teacher) who are providing leadership to the CSHT and SAT's.

What is GWP?

Generation With Promise uses a team approach where students, teachers, and principals work together to give students more power to make healthy choices at school. This is important since healthy students learn better! For more information about GWP, contact Heather Richards at 313-456-4104 or at richardsh@michigan.gov.