Brightside Academy Partners with Urban Health Plan’s WIC Department and Deals Store to Donate New and Expecting Mothers Gift Bags

(Bronx, NY December 16, 2014) – Brightside Academy’s 960 Intervale Avenue, Bronx location will be hosting a “Baby Shower” for new and expecting mothers in the community on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Brightside Academy will partner with Urban Health Plan’s WIC Department, and Deals, a Dollar Tree Company, to provide gift bags for over 20 families. Urban Health Plan will provide Enfamil milk and baby bottles to those in attendance of the event, while Deals will donate items such as bibs, shampoo, lotion, baby oil and coupons.

Urban Health Plan’s WIC Department provides a variety of services for mothers, such as breastfeeding promotion and support, nutrition services and information, and immunization screenings and referrals. The department also offers programs focusing on healthy lifestyles and the importance of daily exercise.

“After childbirth, your body is recovering, and you’re undoubtedly fatigued, and you need healthful foods to refuel your body. We want to educate these families on the importance of laying a foundation for healthy eating to maximize energy new moms will need,” stated Penny Swift, Brightside Academy New York Regional Director. “Working with the WIC program at Urban Health Plan will help us support these new mothers and families.”

Refreshments and games will be provided at the event. Families will be able to tour the Brightside Academy location and reserve an enrollment spot for children ages six-weeks- to 11-months-old.

Brightside Academy is proud to partner with these organizations to provide education and services to the Bronx families to strengthen the community.

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Brightside Academy Partners with Soundview and Mott Haven Community Partnership for Family Harvest Festival

(Bronx, NY December 16, 2014) – Brightside Academy in conjunction with Soundview and Mott Haven Community Partnership, a community outreach organization supporting families and neighborhoods across New York, hosted successful Family Harvest Events November 21 at Brightside Academy’s 331 East 150th Street location, and November 22 at the Soundview Houses in the Bronx.

Brightside Academy was able to help over 200 families in the Bronx community this harvest season, while working with local partners in the area to provide free dental and health screenings for families. Harvest season is a time when different organizations show their thanks for the crops and climates each year.

Healthplex, the largest dental administrator in New York, provided free dental screenings to children between the ages of 2-21, while Urban Health Plan, a federally qualified community health center in the Bronx, provided medical screenings and valuable health information to those in attendance. Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan provider, also assisted in the Family Harvest events by providing insurance information and 25 gift certificates to Bronx community families to assist with purchasing holiday dinners.

“We were very pleased with the turn out, and thankful to the organizations that were able to assist us in hosting the Family Harvest Events,” stated Brightside Academy Community Coordinator, Rocio Garcia. “We plan to continue working with the community to provide health and safety information to our families”. Ms. Garcia is a Co-chair at Soundview CPP and Co-chair of a group at Mott Haven.

Brightside Academy understands the importance of family health, and strives to bring awareness to the communities where it is located. The organization is proud to work with local partners to help families make healthy choices.

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