Mayor’s Fitness Council recognizes Harlandale ISD

Mayor’s Fitness Council recognizes Harlandale ISD
Posted on 05/18/2018

Harlandale ISD was recognized during the Mayor’s Fitness Council (MFC) Student Ambassador Program’s Awards Ceremony on May 10.

Administrators, mentors and students from Carroll Bell Elementary, Gilbert Elementary and Harlandale High School were acknowledged for their efforts in promoting health and wellness in the community during the school year.

Harlandale HS senior Kina Rodriguez, who has been a student ambassador since eighth grade, was congratulated for her leadership in the program and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

As a student ambassador, Kina hosted basketball and volleyball clinics at Terrell Wells Middle School and helped raise Lupus awareness at Harlandale HS after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease two years ago.

“I’ve grown up with this program, so it feels amazing to be recognized and receive this scholarship,” Kina said. “I think it’s important for people to know about their body and how to take care of themselves. I’m going to take what I’ve learned in this program to college and then come back to continue to help the San Antonio community.”

Kina will attend Texas State University and hopes to major in biology and become a physician assistant. She encourages other students to join the program as she has seen other student ambassadors making a difference at their campuses.

Carroll Bell Elementary is a great example. Twin sisters Jaden and Johnnie Miller were recognized for organizing and hosting community events, in partnership with the YMCA, to spread health awareness and offer free cooking classes.

“The events were a great success,” Carroll Bell Coach Scott Albach said. “We learned a lot by attending MFC events, and both the Miller girls and Carroll Bell Elementary will continue to be involved with MFC in the coming years.”

Gilbert Elementary was also acknowledged for launching several health initiatives, including increasing physical activity outdoors in nature and stressing the importance of drinking water instead of sugary drinks.

Student ambassadors Ashley Henley, Alexandra Hernandez, Jacob Hernandez, Jackie Gonzalez and Joe Vasquez delivered short messages emphasizing hydration facts and healthy tips during morning announcements.

With the help of their Principal Herlinda Marinez-Longoria, Social Worker Jennifer Montes and Counselor Judith Pfeifer, they hosted their first “Walk to School Day” and presented the statewide health challenge “It’s Time Texas” to HISD’s Board of Trustees, superintendent and teachers.

“I'm extremely proud of Jackie, Ashley, Jacob, Joe and Alexandra and the personal changes that I have seen them make in their own healthy habits regarding nutrition and hydration and their enthusiasm for working on healthier habits at home that ranges from eating more fruits and veggies, cooking with parents at home to limiting their own soda intake,” Healthy Neighborhoods Community Health Worker Anayanse Garza said.

Way to go, MFC student ambassadors!

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