Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Partnership Launch in Los Fresnos CISD

LFCISD Teachers enjoying lunch, donated by Subway
This week was the official launch of our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) to bring CATCH to Los Fresnos CISD.

"This grant will help the health and wellness programs in our schools, which will be a tremendous benefit our elementary and middle school students," said Los Fresnos CISD Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar.

On Wednesday October 22, CATCH held an all-day workshop for district administrators and physical education teachers.  Representatives from BCBSTX were also on hand to celebrate this new partnership.

Los Fresnos teachers training in CATCH
CATCH Global Foundation's Executive Director Duncan Van Dusen was especially impressed by the community action he saw in Los Fresnos. "CATCH's Coordinated School Health model works best when the entire community works together--teachers, administrators, healthcare. What we've seen at this launch in Los Fresnos proves that the whole community is at the ready to coordinate, and to change kids' lives. We're so excited to see what sort of change this program makes."

Peter Cribb, who got to provide a training to the teachers of Los Fresnos in August, said that he found the community and the program in Los Fresnos to be special. "The communities are involved with the schools here. It's very exciting. CATCH really gets to become part of the environment!"

CATCH and Los Fresnos CISD are very grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for making this program possible!

From Left to right, John Ramos of BCBSTX, Duncan Van Dusen of CATCH Global Foundation, Annice Garza of Los Fresnos CISD, and CATCH Trainer John Krampitz

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