PS 278, Manhattan, NY
PS 278, The Paula Hedbavny School, serves over 500 students in K-8th grade and has been a WITS partner since 2011. When Chef Anne first arrived, she worked tirelessly to earn the school’s confidence. She pioneered PS 278’s wellness committee with one other mom. Through WITS BITS workshops, Cafe Days, and lots of encouragement, Anne and PS 278 created a cultural change, and the school is now home to a cooperative wellness community. PS 278 and WITS also partnered with CHALK (Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids) through New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, and the community of Northern Manhattan to help bring about this change. In 2016, PS 278 earned a silver award from the NYCDOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs and the NYC Health Department’s Center for Health Equity. Anne is extremely proud of the parents, teachers, and school staff learning to take ownership of healthful programming as PS 278 takes the next step in its graduation.