Students win first place in their grade level in KC Healthy Kids’ I Am Here photo contest
Fourth-graders at Westview Elementary won $1,000 for their school through the KC Healthy Kids’ I Am Here photo contest. The students, who are in Corinne Drummond’s class, submitted photo stories showing how their community helps or hinders healthy habits.
Mrs. Drummond’s class is in the running for a $2,500 grand prize. A peer-judged “Shark Tank” style pitch contest will determine the grand prize winner. Awards will be used to promote student wellness by creating a Naturally Healthy League with emphasis on sports, arts, gardening and healthy choices.
Through the contest, teachers helped students think critically about how their surroundings – walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants – impact their health. Third- through eighth-grade students from six counties in the metro area were invited to participate.
KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Greater Kansas City’s children, will present winning classrooms with $1,000 first place awards at a ceremony March 6 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
The awards ceremony will take place during KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit. At this all-day conference, 200 students who participated in the contest will learn to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more.