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Green Inspiration Academy: Healthy Meals, Healthy Lives

Jul 15, 2020 | About GIA

At Green Inspiration Academy, we focus on health and wellness. Our school buildings have been scoured and sanitized and we will keep these protocols going forward.  All of the CDC guidelines and Ohio state health and education mandates will be top of mind going forward because we care deeply about our Green Inspiration Academy community; including our students, staff, families and guardians.

When schools can re-open, we will be ready.  At GIA, we provide a clean and safe school environment in which to learn. Our emphasis on  a robust education – with high-quality academics and a long history as a top-notch Charter School in Ohio means we spend time and energy equipping our student body with  wellness best practices.  This wellness comes in many forms; with the nutritious food we serve at school, our team sports, growing indoor gardens together and with the skills we instill to make healthy food choices on one’s own.  

Our students access two healthy meals while at GIA with us, every day – breakfast and lunch. Our menus offer healthy foods and a variety of options to feed growing minds and bodies. We update our menus with seasonal offerings and we teach nutrition with structured guidelines. We include fruit, fat free milk choices, vegetarian options and whole grains. Our students are empowered to choose their two servings of fruit each day and their fat free milk preference. 

 Our stable and caring environment is the cornerstone to our success at GIA. During our COVID-19 mandatory school closures, we were able to continue our lunch service with our brown bag to-go program. We got to see many of our students and keep our GIA community close. We never want to go a school day without seeing our students, and to still see each other from six feet apart and under the health protocols of our state, during social distancing, was something we treasure. 

Our planning for Fall 2020 and schooling in the time of COVID will incorporate lesson plans on how to sanitize – like details on how exactly to wash hands. Our K-2 scholars have always had these lessons as part of Character Week at the beginning of the year.  This year Character Week will be for all students and will include COVID policy, including keeping masks on, how not to touch one another and staying apart.

In addition to our focus on health and wellness in our clean school, our COVID 19 planning, and our healthy menus — our dedicated teachers provide extensive emotional and social support. They’re frontline making sure our students have what they need to feel comfortable at school. We teach our students about the importance of mental and emotional health and we bring in members of the mental health advocacy community. 

Our students play team sports like basketball and volleyball, wear uniforms and participate in weekly Professional Day. And our GIA students attend an etiquette class.  We truly focus on teaching  our kids to recognize the importance of  — and value  — their wellness every day. 

The Green Inspiration Academy is a free public charter school for grades K – 8 located in the Warrensville Heights area. Our program focuses on the importance of health and wellness, provides high-quality education to students, and aims to strengthen parent-teacher-student relationships every single day. Come grow with us at Green Inspiration Academy!