Between coordinating schedules, securing transportation, getting paperwork together and more, a lot of planning goes into doctor, dentist and eye appointments for children. If something doesn’t go according to plan — or worse, if the appointment is to deal with an urgent health need — parents have even more to deal with.
Academy of World Languages (AWL) is aiming to reduce the anxiety, confusion and complexity around appointments and overall health and wellness for families within the school community and across the district. In partnership with more than 20 donors and five health care providers, the school has opened the new Schiff Wellness Center.
“This is an incredible opportunity that has been a long-time coming,” said AWL principal Jackie Rowedder. “We have a large percentage of our students who can receive services in the new wellness center. They don’t have to leave school and miss out on academic time. They can walk down the hall, get the services they need and get back to class.”
The 5,500-square foot addition will offer physical, behavioral, vision and dental care through the Community Learning Center Institute, Interact for Health, Delta Dental Foundation, OneSight, the Cincinnati Health Department and MindPeace.
To mark the occasion, AWL invited private donors, as well as parents, community members, partners and representatives from the City of Cincinnati for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We no longer have to take the bus across town to see a doctor,” said AWL student Quintin Allen in his remarks before the crowd. “When I got hurt, the health center helped me. I’m excited that this wellness center will help other CPS students.”
Christine Erskine, AWL parent and ESL teacher at the school, also shared her story and the obstacles many parents face in finding care for their children with government insurance or no insurance at all.
The fourth- and fifth-grade choir, led by music teacher Neil Stewart, performed the song, “Harambe,” which means “we all push and pull together” in Swahili. The students created additional lyrics to the song to celebrate how the community pulled together to create the new wellness center.
Before cutting the ribbon, Cincinnati city council member P. G. Sittenfeld read a proclamation from the city to officially open the new wellness center. After the ribbon was cut, guests could tour the new space.
AWL would like to recognize donors, including:
- Lee & Shannon Carter
- Children’s Oral Health Network
- Cincinnati Dental Society & Oral Health Foundation
- Cincinnati Public Schools
- City of Cincinnati
- Community Learning Center Institute
- Dr. Marilyn Crumpton & Dr. Stan Forston
- Delta Dental Foundation
- Growing Well
- Henry Schein Cares
- Interact for Health
- Darlene & Charles Kamine
- Barbara Wiley-Kroner
- Ohio Dental Association Foundation
- One Sight Foundation
- Mindful Music Moments – Stacy Sims
- John & Frances Pepper
- Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation
- Russell & Susan Shelton
- Frances Wolgin
Keep up with AWL throughout the school year at awl.cps-k12.org.