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Mount Vernon City School District holds Super Health and Wellness Block Party

Mount Vernon City School District holds Super Health and Wellness Block Party

Children ran around the field at Mount Vernon Honor Academy playing games, as their families gathered information from various community organizations at the Mount Vernon City School District’s Super Health and Wellness Block Party on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Several children wore superhero costumes, the theme of the day.  

Dr. Smith, Dr. Jones and parent liasons.

Under the auspices of the Office of the School Improvement, the annual health and wellness party was conceptualized, planned, and run by the District’s Parent Liaison Team:   Veronica Graham, Elizabeth Smith, Maura Guitierrez, Pamela Valdovinos, Dardane Prelvukaj, Sheba Greenwood, Shanygne Belfor, and Shakur Norfleet. 

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith addressed the crowd and urged families to utilize the resources available to assist with their children’s and their own wellbeing. Over 1000 community members attended. 

“This is a lovely day,” said Dr. Smith. “I’m so glad to see so many people here today. I want you all to have a wonderful time. Today is all about our children, and we need to teach them about wellness at a very young age. Enjoy!” 

Organizations such as the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, Mount Vernon Police Department Wellness Division and Westchester Community Health Center shared information about how they can support families within the community. 

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Father and son in batman costume.

“We have over 27 vendors today,” said Dr. Beverley Jones, Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. “We want to make sure the community is aware these resources are in their community and where to find them. We also have information about all these resources in our Parent Resource Center at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy. Everything that is here today, there is also a corner for them in our Parent Resource Center.” 

The District also donated over 40 bags of groceries to families who were in attendance. Several vendors, such as the Girl Scouts, had free gifts such as books to give to community members. Parent liaisons donated several children’s books as well. 

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"It was great to see the team's vision for the event come to reality," said Veronica Graham, project leader. "We wanted to provide families with a fun opportunity to connect with resources in our community and to celebrate health and wellness—creating a stronger more connected community." 

Parents viewing community resources.

Dr. Jones also made announcements throughout the day to direct people to resources such as the Mount Vernon Health Center, Chase Bank and Fidelis Insurance. Raffles were also announced throughout the party, with winners claiming various prizes.  

“I think today, and all the days the District has these programs, is really good for the community,” said Marian Telpha, mother of students Triston and Thomas Taylor. “There are a lot of programs that are free, very helpful and very educational. I’m a parent in the community, and all the programs that are here, I have personally used for my children, and they are great. I would recommend all of them.” 
Families were delivered important resources to assist them with various aspects of their lives such as health coverage, special education and finances. Several students also volunteered to assist in managing the wellness party. 

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Students in the tumble bus.

“This is a good event to communicate with people,” said Alicia Barton, 11th grade student and volunteer from Rebecca Turner Academy. “It’s very helpful, especially for kids that don’t have siblings; they can come out, meet new people and have fun.”  

Children had a variety of games to play including frisbee, Jenga and various options of sports. There were bouncy houses and slides set up across the field, as well as a “tumble bus” with gymnastics equipment for children to play with and a petting zoo with a variety of animals.  Denzel Washington Schools of the Arts Hip Hop Club also performed a dance midway through the party for the crowd of families. Upbeat music filled the air throughout the entire day. 

“I think it’s really important to do things for the community and have this celebration on this beautiful day,” said Alistair Bell, a ninth grade student and volunteer from Mount Vernon STEAM Academy. “It’s a great thing for all the people in this school and throughout the District. It’s also a great way to have fun this weekend. I think the organizers did a great job, and the slides and games that were set up were fantastic.” 

Families enjoyed a lunch of burgers, hotdogs and snacks. They were also treated to a dessert of sherbet cones at the end of the day and left with a wealth of knowledge about what is available to them throughout the community. 

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President Kirwan with parent liaisons.
Dr. Smith and students
Children playing on the field.
Vendor table at block party.
Children smiling and playing jenga
Two parent liaisons.
Children smiling with parent liaison.
Child in Superhero costume smiling
Have donated groceries.





Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications. 

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

Students in a court room on steps.

Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials.

Click here for the Fordham University SJA Application (July 22-31)

Click here for the Pace University SJA Application (July 22-26)

Students playing games.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2024, members of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council came to the Education Center from across the Mount Vernon City School District to convene their last meeting of the 2023-24 school year. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is comprised of a group of student leaders selected from every school in the district.

President Kirwan, Dr. White and Dr. Smith.

Two Mount Vernon City School District administrators, Pennington Principal Dr. Melissa White and Director of Humanities Marybeth Rhodes, were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith and Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan presented the awards. 

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Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to have reached two settlements of its dispute with the City of Mount Vernon regarding school taxes from the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years to the District.