Juneau and Whiting Sorrell Focus on Student Health and Academic Achievement


Friday, March 30, 2012
By Allyson Hagen
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Media Advisory for
April 2, 2012

Juneau and Whiting Sorrell Focus on Student Health and Academic Achievement
Visit to Fort Peck Part of Schools of Promise Initiative

Poplar, MT - On Monday, April 2, State Superintendent Denise Juneau and Anna Whiting Sorrell, Director of Montana DPHHS (Department of Public Health and Human Services), will meet with the Fort Peck Tribal Council, receive an update on the Poplar Public School District's wellness services, and bring school staff, health and human service providers and community members together in Frazer to support school-based health services.

Superintendent Juneau stated, "Student health is important for student success. The model of wrapping services and support around children to ensure they are healthy is critical to their educational success and is both culturally appropriate and good public policy."   

Frazer, Lame Deer and Pryor are all part of Superintendent Juneau's Schools of Promise initiative, which created a partnership between OPI, school districts and communities to turn around Montana's most struggling schools with the support of a three-year federal School Improvement Grant. With an understanding that students' mental and physical health care needs must be met before they can reach their full academic potential, Juneau and Whiting Sorrell have teamed up to improve coordination between schools and human service programs on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck reservations.

Stated DPHHS Director Whiting Sorrell, "DPHHS is here to help children. We have services all across Montana with that goal in mind. We are committed to ensuring children are connected to our many programs that play a role in their overall educational success."

WHO: Superintendent Denise Juneau and DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell will join school officials, health and human service providers, Tribal Leaders, community members and students.

WHAT: Community visits with OPI and DPHHS to support school-based health services.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, April 2, Poplar and Frazer

10 – 11 am:  Meet with Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, Poplar
4:30 – 6 pm:  Meeting with school staff, service providers and health & human service providers at Frazer School
6 – 7 pm:  Participant dinner, Frazer School

For more information on Schools of Promise go to: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/Promise/index.html.

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