“Since we’re a Title I school we have to have two parent nights a year that are a community night, and as we were talking about doing a reading night or that type of thing, we wanted to do something that got more people involved, so we decided to go the fitness and health route,” physical education teacher and event coordinator Zac Wilson said.
He said the school hopes to build community partnerships with the participating businesses and public entities.
“Since we’re in a new location, we want people to know where we are for one thing, and we want to build those community relationships so we’ll have more people supporting the school,” Wilson said.
Assistant Principal Beth Tuck reiterated Wilsons statements, adding she feels it’s important for community members to recognize all of the roles schools play in Bartow County.
“We do everything we can to get parents into the building and to know they are welcome in the building and to provide services to them — everything from how to help their child succeed in school to this, which is something a little bit different, as far as how to be healthy,” Tuck said. “This is just a way for the [health and business] community to reach out to families, a way for us to reach out to the families, and to bring it all together in one place to make it easy.”
Parent Ida Jewell attended the fair with her daughters, who are Bartow County students.
“It’s been nice to see all the things we have available in our community,” Jewell said of the fair.
Cartersville Medical Center was on site for the event, offering services like a blood pressure check to adults.
“It was certainly our pleasure to provide health screenings and information for the Cloverleaf Elementary School health fair,” CMC Marketing and Public Relations Director Ginger Tyra said. “Because we are the only hospital in Bartow County, we feel a great responsibility to educate our community — especially our children — about healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
“We’re proud that our Center for Occupational Medicine staff represented Cartersville Medical Center at this wonderful event.”