Media Advisory: National Health, Wellness and Learning Center to Open 5/10/16 in the Bronx

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MEDIA ADVISORY/INVITATION FOR COVERAGE 

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION CHANCELLOR AND BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT TO UNVEIL STATE-OF-THE-ART NATIONAL HEALTH, WELLNESS AND LEARNING CENTER LOCATED WITHIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL 55 IN THE SOUTH BRONX 

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WHO:           
Dr. Betty Rosa, New York State Schools Chancellor and Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President, will join Stephen Ritz, Global Teacher Prize Finalist and Founder of Green Bronx Machine; Luis E. Torres, Community School (CS) 55 Principal; and,William (“Bill”) Yosses, former White House Executive Pastry Chef and Founder of Kitchen Garden Laboratory at a Gala Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to unveil the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55, a 100-plus year old school in the South Bronx.

WHAT:
The National Health, Wellness and Learning Center is the result of a collaboration between Principal Torres and Ritz, who donated the entirety of his Global Teacher Prize Finalist money to build this state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the poorest Congressional District in America, one of NYC’s most food insecure and health-challenged neighborhoods and the largest tract of public housing in the South Bronx.

The Center is complete with indoor gardens, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations and computer lab.  It offers an innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum integrated with plant-based teaching lessons that align with core school curriculum

The Center’s unique approach is designed to improve academic achievement, health outcomes, food access and employment opportunities for South Bronx kids and adults.

It is NYC’s first- ever elementary school program that offers workforce development and training for local residents. 

The Center recently grew enough vegetables indoors to feed a healthy salad to 785 students. 

WHERE:
National Health and Wellness Center @ CS 55
450 St. Paul’s Place
South Bronx, NY

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
@ 9:30 a.m.

CONTACT:
Stephen Ritz
917-873-6449
sritz@schools.nyc.gov

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