The Junior League of Columbia promotes a healthy lifestyle for children and parents in Richland County School District One by providing unique learning experiences and hands-on opportunities.
ABCs of Healthy Children
The goal of the ABCs for Healthy Children program is to geared to assist children with acquiring basic needs. At-risk children in Richland County School District One with an Apple (healthy snacks), Books, Clothing, and a pair of Shoes with Socks.
Back to School Bash
The JLC partners with the Ray Tanner Foundation and other nonprofits to host the Back to School Bash. This jump starts the school year with an all encompassing event for selected Richland One schools. Students are provided with health screening, new clothing, school supplies, and various school necessities. Families are provided with healthy eating knowledge and access to services needed throughout the school year.
Healthy & Happy Kids
The Healthy and Happy Kids Program selects one Midlands school per year to address the issues of healthy choices, fitness, dental hygiene, and literacy. The program is interactive that creates a true healthy lifestyle change in the entire family unit. We host an event each quarter at the selected school for the parents and students. Families are fed a healthy dinner and participate in activities related to the evening’s topic. Families leave with tools that will empower them to make healthy life choices.
Healthy Start kicks off the school year with excitement by providing a “healthy” back to school bash for the entire family. Our focus is on providing a fun-filled, educational night for children and their parents. The event takes place after school so parents can be involved in this awesome opportunity to learn ways to incorporate healthy lifestyles at home. The event is free to all students and their families at their host school. This exciting and action-packed program addresses our focus of healthy children by providing activities that encourage exercising the mind, body, and spirit through reading, healthy eating, physical activity, and child safety information, as well as helping parents understand the importance of encouraging healthy lifestyles at home and school!
Healthy S.T.A.R.S. (Students Targeted at Reaching Success) works one-on-one with young students throughout the school year to foster mentorship. JLC Members and students focus on improving reading skills and developing a home library for the student’s family. Mentors and students meet multiple times a month during the school day and at various times throughout the year.
Kids in the Kitchen
For more information on this project, please visit the Kids in the Kitchen page.