At MS54, we commit to caring for our physical, mental, and social health and well-being as an essential part of education. The Wellness Committee (formerly known as the School Wellness Council), founded by the School Leadership Team in 2015, invites the entire school community -- administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents/guardians -- to develop Wellness initiatives that become part of the way of life at our school. Our mission is to listen carefully and inclusively to our community's Wellness needs and to respond in meaningful ways. The pandemic has affected each of us differently, so we are paying close attention to people's shifting priorities.
Find out more about our previous work in our Archive and daily tips on our Facebook page, The Well at 54.
The NYCDOE Office of School Wellness Programs newsletter also provides a wealth of information for students and parents.
Deirdre McEvoy, Teacher Co-Chair
Alison Gardy, Parent Co-Chair and SLT Liaison
MS54 FOOD DRIVE
Food Drive donation deliveries are welcome Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:45pm, either in-person at the West 108 Street entrance to the school, or online through our Food Drive Wishlist.
When hungry neighbors told MS54 Parent Coordinator Anne Pejovich that the grab-'n-go meals, while very much appreciated, were not enough to feed their families, she listened and took action. The result: From June to September 2020, MS54 families generously donated more than 400 bags of pantry items to neighbors and school families in need. The Food Drive continues with the start of school. The Wellness Council continues to work with Anne to collect, sort, pack and distribute food on a weekly basis. Please donate every week, if you can.
WEEKEND WELLNESS WALKS, OCTOBER 2020 - PRESENT
Join Wellness Parent Co-Chair Alison Gardy for a Wellness Walk each Sunday at 10am. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
BOOKER T. WELLNESS DAY
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
9 - 11am, 2 sessions
This year, our 5th annual Wellness Day was virtual! Presenters in mental, social, and physical health met with students in Zoom rooms. Reach out to Alison Gardy with any questions.
COMMITTEE TASK FORCES
In August 2020, dedicated MS54 7th and 8th Grade families volunteered to be Family Buddies to incoming 6th Grade families. They greeted the new families with a welcome Zoom call and have offered to answer any questions the 6th grade families might have throughout the year.
MEET THE TEACHERS
During the last week of August 2020, 17 Booker T. faculty members offered to Zoom with 6th grade families to welcome them to the school and start to build a sense of community.