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HCS middle, high school students attend event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama
Nearly 100 girls who attend middle or high school in Hampton recently attended the FNV Fruits and Veggies Live event, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, at Old Dominion University. The students who participated in the FNV event attend Bethel, Hampton, Kecoughtan and Phoebus high schools; Lindsay and Syms middle schools, Jones Magnet Middle School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, and Phenix Pre-K-8 School.
The girls were selected based on their participation in the G.I.R.L.S. Club mentoring organization, which was initiated 10 years ago by Chekesha White, a 17-year veteran educator who currently serves as an assistant principal at Syms Middle School.
“G.I.R.L.S. Club (an afterschool program) successfully develops partnerships with schools, colleges/universities, businesses and other community organizations to influence, train and, and connect mentors to support youth with behaviors and social skills,” White said. “The organization promotes a development of self and interpersonal skills, allowing teens to experience leadership and self-efficacy in ways that will alter their life choices and, in turn, provide them with meaningful lives. Teen girls are matched for a one-on-one mentoring relationship for a minimum of a year.”
White added that she also brought a few students from a mentoring group at Syms called MISS ELITE.
The event also featured Ashanti, GRAMMY award winning singer/songwriter, and Jordin Sparks, singer, songwriter and actress.
Raymond Willis, Jr., CEO of Heritage Capital Group, delivered the free tickets to White. Farm Fresh of Coliseum and Willow Oaks donated all of the fruit the students took to the event. The fruit was donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
FNV, a brand focused on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and sales, is led by the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and a collaboration of companies, celebrities, athletes and foundations. For years, fruits and veggies stood by passively as the marketing machine cranked full throttle, selling you everything from shoes to barbecues to shiny new sports cars. But now, we’ve officially joined the party. Taking over billboards and airwaves. Enlisting athletes and celebs. Shamelessly pushing peaches and sweet potatoes onto the public. FNV is here. Visit www.FNV.com for more information.
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making.
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