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Bedford Road School Makes Health a Priority

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – At the Bedford Road School, Principal Peggy Galotti and the rest of her staff are encouraging students to live a healthier lifestyle.

"We've made big strides to ensure that the food we offer in the cafeteria is healthy, no fried foods and we've moved away from things like whole milk," Galotti said. "But we also want to encourage students to make good and healthy choices on their own.”

In an effort to educate the elementary students on the importance of health, the Bedford Road School will implement many activities and initiatives to keep the children on a healthy track. Galotti expressed her excitement for students to get involved with a healthier lifestyle.

"There are things like 'walk to school week' and 'touch your toes Tuesdays,’" Galotti said. "We want our students to have a healthy body and healthy mind, it's not just about eating the right way.”

Another healthy event on the calendar for Bedford Road students will be Rainbow Week in March. Each day of the week will be associated with a color of the rainbow and students will be given the chance to indulge in a healthy snack that associates with that day's color.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the process of cultivating their own healthy foods to eat in the school's edible garden. The on-site garden will allow students to grow, harvest and even eat plants grown from the garden.

Mary Fox-Alter, superintendent of Pleasantville Union Free School District, said this healthier lifestyle approach is all a part of shaping a well-rounded student.

"Our mission is to educate in all aspects for the whole student – in the classroom, in athletics, in the arts, and also in ethics,” Fox-Alter said.

Galotti encourages parents to stay involved with the PTA and keep track of the school's calendar for these upcoming healthy initiatives.

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