Participating Schools

Recess feels safer and I have more fun. Last year I never looked forward to recess. Now I do.

Student, PS 75

PS 70, Bronx, NY

This is the first year PS 70x has received WITS programming and it has proven to be the perfect formula for a beautiful success story. The most important component to a perfect WITS success story is a school in need, a school leader who is ready and excited for change, and Principal Ledda is and has been exactly that! We have a stellar WITS team in PS 70 with Coach Naika and Chef Morgan but without a supportive leader and an incredible school staff, the positive changes in the school would have taken a little longer. In a short time, the school’s wellness culture has been rejuvenated, feeling energized as soon as one enters the school.


With the support of Principle Ledda, WITS Coach Naika and Chef Morgan have collaborated in the classrooms to teach WITS BITS and WITS FIT BITS, effortlessly combining nutrition and fitness education while increasing students’ daily physical activity. Coach Naika also conducted a successful Professional Development workshop for the School Recess Aides, teaching them how to facilitate a more engaging, active, and safe recess experience for their students. Since then, the team of Recess Aides look forward to recess with confidence! And with Coach Naika’s support during recess, it’s a fun group effort creating a consistent positive expectation for the students to look forward to every day.


Wellness in the Schools also launched a pilot partnership with Talent Hack which brought an additional digital arm to add to our in-school Coach for Kids programming. This pilot launched the week of December 6th and it offered 2 LIVE streaming classes a day for one full week. Both the teachers and students of PS 70 classrooms participated in these inspiring classes and were able to use this activity time to reboot, refocus, and get mentally and physically motivated and ready for the rest of the school day.  


Wellness in the Schools has only been with PS 70x for half a year and with such a significant shift in a positive direction, we are beyond excited to watch them create healthy habits to live and learn better, together!


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