Phyllis Wood, CATCH Director Statement:
EHD is very excited to bring the CATCH program to our service region of Hamilton, White, Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin County schools! CATCH, when used as part of a school's wellness policy, has demonstrated positive outcomes regarding the improvement of students academic performance as well as providing them with healthy living skills that will last a lifetime. It just makes sense, healthy children make better learners!
In our area, we currently have twelve elementary schools, one in Gallatin County, four in Saline County, three in White County, two in Hamilton County, and one in both Pope County and Hardin County, joining more than 7500 CATCH schools nationwide currently implementing CATCH. We have a variety of projects planned for each school, beginning with hosting a CATCH training day for school staff, distributing newsletters for families, sponsoring a family fun event, and purchasing additional physical education equipment.
We are excited to announce CATCH has recently expanded to include CATCH Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten and the CATCH Kid's Club Afterschool programs. We currently have four pre-kindergartens as CATCH schools, Carmi/ White County, Harrisburg, Pope and Hardin County. We also have a CATCH Kid's Club Afterschool program at Harrisburg West Side Primary.
Each school has a school champion, someone who serves as an enthusiastic supporter of the CATCH program and as a liaison between the school and EHD:
Julie Patton, EHD's Tobacco Grant/CATCH Specialist is an essential member of EHD's CATCH team, and provides information and assistance to each school.
Julie and I are looking forward to working with each school's staff as they eagerly introduce the CATCH program into their school. We are expecting a terrific year and some equally terrific results from both staff and students!
Our ultimate goal is to recruit all our area schools into the CATCH program, so if anyone wants to learn more about this exciting program, we encourage them to contact EHD, visit the Illinois CATCH onto Health Consortium's CATCH website at http://www.catchontohealth.siuc.edu/, the national website http://catchinfo.org/ or the CATCH Texas website https://sph.uth.tmc.edu/catch/.