Changes that Change EVERYTHING
El Capitan says, “It is easier raise healthy children, than fix broken men.” With our work, we are simultaneously changing the way kids eat and learn. Here is what the National Health and Wellness Center will allow us to accomplish within PS 55: Increased student engagement – We want students to show up to school excited and ready to learn. We want them to enjoy learning and develop a hunger for knowledge. We will nourish their bodies and their minds.
Improved academic performance and test scores – as students experiment hands-on, they learn, and as they learn, they perform better! We want all of our 4th grade students to pass the New York State 4th Grade Science Exam this year, and we want to send the first cohort of PS 55 students to the Bronx High School of Science.
Healthier students – as students understand where food comes from and how it grows, they will make better, healthier food choices. We will provide ongoing, reliable access to healthy food right in school all year long.
Our focus now is to embed our work into the entire culture of PS 55. We know we can do this because we have generated incredible results in other schools, including:
Targeted daily attendance rates increased from 40% to 93%
100% graduation rate among participating students
100% passing rate on NY State Regents Exam
30,000 pounds of vegetables grown locally in the Bronx
Partnered toward 2,200 local jobs
El Capitan himself lost over 100 pounds by eating what he grows with his students!