2015 Miss West Virginia Chelsea Malone talked to students at both county high schools and McNinch Primary about her platform Mental Health Awareness.
Chelsea’s message of “Break the Silence” focuses on telling students it’s o.k. to share their feelings and in the process hopes communication will help reduce the stigma often placed on mental health.
Her talk is based on her own life experiences as a student at Morgantown High School. Chelsea was bullied during that time of her life and hopes others won’t have to suffer. She wants students to follow her lead and live a healthier life.
Chelsea will return to Marshall County to visit different schools during American Education Week in November.
McNinch Primary School went GOLD for the second year in a row to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research. September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a big push is on to raise awareness of the drastic lack of funding for childhood specific cancers.
This year McNinch sold T-shirts, had a crazy hair day, a crazy sock day, and a hat day to raise $1,213.17. All of the money was donated to the non-profit organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which provides research grants for childhood specific cancers.
In addition, school secretary, Brenda Crow, and school counselor, Jennifer Pickett, teamed up online to walk 170 miles during the month of September for Alex’s Million Mile. They were able to raise an additional $1,150.
Only 4% of federal funding is allocated to childhood cancer research. Here in the U.S. about 1 in 285 kids are diagnosed with cancer before age 20, an INCREASE of 29% over the last 20 years. Even though the 5 year survival rate is 80%, almost all of the survivors suffer from a chronic health condition by the age of 45 related to the cancer or cancer treatment.
This past Saturday, McNinch Primary School turned the Sam Shaw Memorial Trail into a powder party as more than 300 people participated in the Color for Kids, Get Fit or Dye Tryin’ event. The Color Run encouraged students to get healthy with their families.
Participants walked and ran around the trail while colored powder was tossed in the air. Troy Goode is a first grader who participated with his mom and sister. “It was fun and I rolled around in the colors.”
McNinch Primary Physical Education Teacher Ashley Doty and school nurse Tammy Riding, RN, organized the event to raise funds to make the school’s playground a safe, more active environment for the students. Both were pleased with the event.
“McNinch Primary’s first Color Run was a blast.” Doty said. “Thank you to all who came out.”
Tammy Riding expressed her thanks to all of the sponsors for supporting the school and students. “It was a perfect day.”
Thanks to a grant of almost $46,000 from the Chevron Corporation, Marshall County Schools and Oglebay Institute (OI) are kicking off a multi-year partnership to implement a life science curriculum throughout the county for students in first through eighth grades. This is in addition to an already established collaborative program between the two for students in third, fourth and fifth grades.
The new curriculum, put together by OI nature educators and county teachers, features grade appropriate concepts that align with West Virginia Content Standard Objectives and both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. According to Marshall County Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction Woody Yoder a variety of instructional methods will be used to delivery each lesson including verbal instruction and hands-on activities along with connections to math, language arts and social studies.
“In years to come I hope to see a more coordinated progression of instruction that connects science closely with other subjects and resonates strongly with our students by establishing opportunities to study in the natural world,” Yoder said.
Field trips to the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Wheeling and Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will be used for outdoor classroom learning. Fifth graders will continue participation in the REACH program while sixth grade students will attend a day camp titled L.I.F.E, or Learning in Field Experiences, at Grand Vue Park.
After successfully completing requirements this year, an additional $105,000 will be made available through the Chevron Corporation to continue instruction, activities, and events during the following two academic years. The program will become self sustained after three years.
Once in full effect the new curriculum will help every Marshall County students, grades first through eighth, understand scientific concepts that build on one another year after year.