Williamsburg, VA School Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
PTA sponsored Healthy Lifestyles Program successfully grows a great idea into a model program
Williamsburg Virginia is known for many things; the Colonial Williamsburg historic area, Thomas Jefferson’s alma mater the College of William & Mary, and Busch Gardens The Old Country. But, thanks to a local elementary school – Williamsburg is also becoming synonymous with healthy schools. Matoaka Elementary, a K-5 public school of approximately 700 children, is making headlines with their PTA sponsored Healthy Lifestyles Program.
Operated by health conscience school moms and PTA members Michelle Alexander and Tryna Fitzpatrick, Matoaka has successfully grown a great idea into a model program that is leading the way in promoting a healthy school lifestyle. Their work includes a Local Food Initiative and farm-to-school agreement with a local supplier, Kelrae Farms who supplies fresh produce twice a month. Funded with the help of the PTA, local produce is included as an option on the school lunch line and to encourage students to try the healthy offerings, the PTA Healthy Lifestyles Committee is on hand to offer samples and answer questions.