Monroe Owen County Medical Society Gives Back to the Community
HEALTHY SCHOOL GRANTS
The Monroe Owen County Medical Society (MOCMS) is dedicated to the provision of quality health care in our community. The goal of the MOCMS Healthy Schools Grant program is to provide healthy-living educational opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students in Monroe and Owen Counties.
The Grant Program
The MOCMS believes that a significant way of impacting student healthy living is to fund the implementation of healthy programs at the schools. Since 2011, MOCMS has awarded over $25,000 in grants to local schools for promoting healthy lifestyles among students.
Monroe Owen County Medical Society Selects Bloomington High School North as the Recipient of Healthy Schools Grant 2021
In addition to a social worker and five school counselors who provide direct services to their students, Bloomington High School North believes that their students would benefit from a designated Calm Space to go when they are feeling overwhelmed, especially during this time of COVID19. This Calm Space provides services for students to explore healthy coping strategies. Resources included in the Calm Space, and available to all BHS North students, include yoga mats, a Zen garden, white noise machine, inspirational coloring books and a rocking chair. Students are already enjoying their Calm Space, including the Zen gardens. The plants are improving the environment in several ways, and students in one of their special education programs are tending to them.
Dr. Laura Knudson, President of MOCMS, said “The Monroe Owen County Medical Society is honored to support students’ healthy growth and development, particularly during this challenging time. This year’s grant speaks to the importance of space and time for reflection and peace for students’ health. The Healthy Schools Grants are designed to improve all aspects of our children’s health, from play to calm, connection with nature to connection with others, healthy foods to healthy habits. We are delighted to provide for our schools and students and welcome every educator in Monroe and Owen Counties to apply for these annual grants."
MCCSC STEM TO THEM MOBILE LAB
In early 2020, MOCMS proudly made a donation to the MCCSC Foundation for the purchase of a Stem to Them Mobile Lab. The mobile STEM lab will travel to all MCCSC elementary schools twice during each school year, engaging more than 6,000 students annually in hands-on project based learning. Students will enter the lab ready to explore STEM through a lens of play, investigation, and fun while increasing proficiency in STEM subjects. They will be immersed in real-world inspired projects that give them the freedom to create, construct, problem solve, and become better thinkers. The official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on February 22, 2021.