Cleveland City Schools launched a systemwide, yearlong program Wednesday on National “Drink Milk Day.” Each school in the system unveiled photos of school principals, Director of Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff and Cleveland High School’s state championship wrestling team with milk mustaches.
“We’re hoping this ‘Got Health?’ program will be fun and involve many people in our school system,” Hicks said Wednesday. In August, Cleveland photographer Carrie Workman did a photo shoot for pictures of these individuals. Nineteen photos were unveiled Wednesday and displayed at the schools.
The “mustache” photos will be displayed Monday at the Cleveland Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m., then return to the respective schools to be displayed through the remainder of the year.
Hicks said there are a number of sponsors participating in the start of the “Got Health?” promotion, including Chick-fil-A, Mayfied Dairy and the Southern Association of Dairy Farmers.
The City Schools system’s Nutrition Department, under Susan Perrin, is also contributing to the program.
“Cleveland High School students launched their program on the schools’ media network this morning, which included wrestling team members,” Hicks said.
“Every school had special activities today,” continued the health supervisor. She said many students dressed as their “favorite cow” in black and white, or brown and white. “There were also a number of items to give away to students,” she added.
“A number of our teachers are planning classroom lessons about dairy products, including math lessons. We will encourage teachers to incorporate lessons in their classrooms throughout the year,” Hicks said.
“A lot of what we do from here on is mandated by the state,” Hicks said of the ongoing health awareness program.
Hicks said the theme for this special program is “Every Child, Every Day.”