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 26 separately funded CATCH programs at area schools-prekindergarten, elementary, middle and afterschool programs- joining more than 10,000 CATCH schools nationwide currently implementing CATCH. We assist with a variety of projects for each school, including hosting a CATCH training day for school staff, distributing newsletters for families, sponsoring a family fun event, purchasing additional physical education equipment, providing health education resources and offering professional development opportunities for school staff.
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:
Booth Elementary and NCOE PreK – Mr. Tim Jones
Carmi's Jefferson and Lincoln Attendance Centers-Mrs. Cindy Colman
Carmi-White County PreK-Mrs. Milly Pate
Dahlgren Elementary-Ms. Jodi Reyling
Eldorado Elementary , PreK and Middle School-Mrs. Lori Woolcott
Carrier Mills/Stonefort Elementary and PreK-Mrs. Phyllis Bradley
Galatia Elementary and PreK-Mrs. Beth Rister
Gallatin County Elementary and PreK-Ms. Mariah Dennison
Hardin County Elementary and PreK-Mr. David Reavis
Harrisburg East Side Intermediate-Mrs. Lori Porter
Harrisburg West Side Primary, PreK and Afterschool-Mrs. Kim Williams
McLeansboro East Side-Mrs. Sandra Rapp
Pope County Elementary and PreK-Mr. Ed Blankenship
Wells Elementary and PreK, Grayville – Mrs. Melissa Crow
We are excited to announce that CATCH has recently expanded to include a Social-Emotional Learning aspect to our program. We are piloting the program in two of our area middle schools and plan to expand to other schools within the next few years. Mrs. Darlene Waier, EHD’s SEL Specialist, is an essential member of EHD's CATCH team, and provides information and assistance to our schools.
Darlene and I are looking forward to working with each school's staff as they implement the CATCH program in their school. We are expecting 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 or the national website http://catchinfo.org/.