Village East Elementary School teachers Sarah Bowers and Desarae Gleason know their students learn better when they’re healthy. They care about their students’ wellbeing both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why Bowers, who is an English Language Acquisition (ELA) teacher, and Gleason, who is a physical education teacher, were recently honored as Asset Champions by the Community Asset Project (CAP). Asset Champions are people who use their time and talents to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
Bowers and Gleason make a difference for their students by promoting physical activity at Village East through the “Girls on the Run” program and the Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival. “Girls on the Run” is a national program that helps girls in third- through eighth-grade develop healthy habits and positive life skills through running.
The Fitness Festival is a fun, family event, sponsored by CAP, which promotes good health through a 5K run/walk, a 1K run/walk, an awesome after-party and the Healthy Living Expo. In 2014, 68 Village East students and family members participated in the Fitness Festival.
“Ms. Bowers and Ms. Gleason use a hands-on approach to encourage participation, contacting families and working to individually distribute and collect registration information,” said Steve Cohen, a CAP board member, during the award presentation on April 8.
The Village East Girls on the Run program is funded in part by a CAP grant from Fitness Festival proceeds.
The Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival is one of the signature events sponsored by CAP, which is a non-profit partner of the Cherry Creek School District. CAP supports wellness programs throughout the district and positively impacts more than 54,500 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs.
The Community Asset Project was founded on the 40 developmental assets, which help young people develop into successful and responsible adults. For more information, visit www.assetsconnect.org.