As school districts face continued financial hardship, we’re working harder than ever to seek corporate and foundation support to make sure our programs are accessible to the schools that need them the most. However, establishing strategies for program sustainability is critically important to the Weller Center.
In 2012-13, the Weller Center’s Board of Directors implemented a strategic initiative through which we seek a shared financial commitment from all school districts whose programs are being primarily underwritten through corporate or foundation grant funding. All schools receiving grant-funded programs will be asked to contribute funding toward the delivery of their programs. This contribution will help meaningfully leverage the investments of our funders and help position school districts to begin budgeting additional funds for the Weller Center’s programs as school budgets hopefully stabilize in future years.
Delta Dental of New Jersey Health Education Fund
Elementary schools in New Jersey in which 50% or more
of the student population qualifies for free and reduced lunch.
New Jersey elementary schools are invited to apply for funds to bring Weller's outcomes-based program, Dental Detectives, to their first and second grade students. Dental Detectives uses hands-on activities, songs and question and answer games to teach children how to care for their teeth through proper mouth care, eating healthy food and regular dentist visits. During one segment of the program, students use "tooth heads" while another student uses an over-sized tooth brush to demonstrate proper brushing techniques. By the conclusion of the program, students are able to name three different kinds of teeth in their mouth, name the layers of the teeth, explain and demonstrate the proper way of brushing teeth, discuss at least two consequences of not brushing teeth (or improper brushing) and understand how sealants work to prevent tooth decay. Students will be tested for knowledge gain and intent to change behavior.
Download the application form here and submit it to the Weller Center no later than December 1, 2013. Award notifications will be made by December 15.
Questions? Please contact Ann Biernat-Rucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.258.8500 ext. 26.
Women's 5K Classic funding Weller's "Better Start Early" program
Schools must be located in Lehigh and Northampton counties
Schools must agree to complete all required pre- and post-testing
Schools must complete the program between before December 31, 2013
Through a grant from the Women's 5K Classic, the Weller Health Education Center is able to offer the program "Better Start Early" to girls in grades 9 - 12 in schools in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.
This program engages females in a candid, potentially life-saving conversation about their reproductive health and empowers them with the knowledge and skills to help prevent and recognize symptoms of breast cancer.
The all-female environment provides an opportunity for an open discussion about the reproductive cycle and interactive activities that allow the girls to learn and practice the proper breast self-exam technique on life-like breast models.
Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Studies have shown that it is critical to reach women at a young age so they can adopt behaviors and lifestyle choices that support and promote future breast health.
For more information or to schedule a program, please contact Susan Kondravy at email@example.com or 610.258.8500 ext. 19.
A small financial contribution may be requested for the "Better Start Early" program. If your school district has made a contribution in 2013, no additional amount is needed.