BOWIE — Bowie community effort, monthly meetings, as well as class and educator involvement were recognized by Cochise County with its first-ever County School Health and Wellness Award.
The award was presented to Bowie School staff and student body last Monday, May 20, at the Bowie School gymnasium at noon.
This recognition was awarded due to multiple community and school-involvement committees. Sepp Sprietsma, of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, told the Range News that not only did Bowie have a school Health Advisory Committee that met monthly, it was combined with the Healthy Community Committee.
“We have worked very hard this year to provide monthly community meetings that focus on a variety of topics including academics, health and wellness, school safety and community engagement. What makes our meetings unique is that students are very much included,” said Bowie School Superintendent Wendy Conger. “They lead their own discussions and thoughts. We started with high school students, and then began to include middle school students. It is a joy to see students caring about their environment, their learning and their community.”
Bowie teacher Patsy Nyberg, who teaches grades 3-5, also was presented an award by Daniella Reidmiller, health policy manager, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative, from Cochise Health and Social Services. Nyberg wrote a grant that resulted in Bowie students receiving more than $5,000 in sports equipment and cooking appliances.
“She (Nyberg) has taught the children that keeping busy and moving every day, along with healthy food choices, makes one ready to ‘have an extraordinary day,” Conger said.