Update on HealthCorps Happenings
Congrats to Amy Barras and the students at Benson HS!
The documentary highlighting the great work Amy has done in Portland entitled, “Heart of the Matter” made its way to the Portland Film Festival. Showings were on August 31st and September 1st.
The Heart of the Matter is a documentary about the transformation that occurred after Benson High School’s, HealthCorps® coordinator, Amy Barras took on the challenge of helping high school students get healthy. Faced with a growing number of students falling below physical fitness and academic benchmarks, Amy immediately started implementing sweeping changes that transformed the school’s atmosphere. The students’ grades improved, moods were happier, they had more energy and positivity filled the school’s hallways. Amy and five Benson High School staff members also collectively applied for and were awarded a $20,000 grant through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant was used to increase the physical health, well-being, and academic success of Benson High School freshmen through the Fit to Live and Learn program.