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New Pathways Program Receives Grant to Develop a Semester of Healthy Learning

The New Pathways program received a $5,000 grant through the Sodexo Foundation in collaboration with Youth Service America to help develop and implement a semester of learning focusing on childhood hunger. The grant money will be used to teach the students about hunger in the community, as well as nutrition and healthy eating habits. 

The New Pathways program is a school-based behavioral health program at the Village School at Chester Upland. The program works with kindergarten through eighth grade students to improve behaviors and build academic success. Staff members reinforce good behavior by using peer mediation, feedback and a program wide behavior modification system. Several services are offered through the program including group therapy, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, academic instruction, Transition services, reward trips and a six-week summer therapeutic program with academic instruction and recreational activities. 

The semester of learning has focused on healthy eating, exercise and the impact of hunger on the world and the community of Chester. The program has planned a variety of speakers and activities to promote health and wellness. 

A group of students from the program were nominated to be “Healthy Helpers.” These students take the lead in executing the grant project by teaching classes within the Village School, organizing activities, making daily morning announcements, completing a bi-weekly newsletter, coordinating fitness activities and volunteering at local food banks in Chester. The students will also partner with Sodexo workers at Neumann University.  

“New Pathways students have once again shown their capability to be successful at whatever they put their minds to,” said Colleen Cullen-Swayze, clinical coordinator of New Pathways.

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