Violet, Indian Creek Elementary – First Place Winner

HPC partners with UHC and Optimists to sponsor coloring contest to promote health and wellbeing

By Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Outreach at Health Partnership Clinic

Promoting health and wellbeing is extremely important for elementary school aged students. One creative way is through coloring. Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) along with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas and the Olathe Noon Optimists Club once again sponsored a coloring contest for third graders attending Title 1 schools in the Olathe School District. This year’s theme was “Bee Healthy” focusing on eating healthy, being active, staying clean, being safe and getting good sleep.

“The response to our coloring contest was phenomenal,” says Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Community Outreach. “We had 444 students submit their coloring sheets, representing 11 Title I Olathe schools. This year we had a submission in Braille which won Honorable Mention. All 24 third grade teachers participated in the contest, and 14 classrooms had 100 percent participation which will receive a tasty treat!”

The coloring contest winners include:

  • Violet, Indian Creek Elementary – First Place Winner.
  • Abigail, Havencroft Elementary – Second Place Winner.
  • Skyler, Mahaffie Elementary – Third Place Winner.
  • Yoselyn, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention.
  • Conner, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention.

Violet, Indian Creek Elementary – First Place Winner

Violet, Indian Creek Elementary – First Place Winner Violet, Indian Creek Elementary – First Place Winner

Abigail, Havencroft Elementary – Second Place Winner

Abigail, Havencroft Elementary – Second Place Winner Abigail, Havencroft Elementary – Second Place Winner

Skyler, Mahaffie Elementary – Third Place Winner

Skyler, Mahaffie Elementary – Third Place Winner

Yoselyn, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention

Yoselyn, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention

Conner, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention

Conner, Mahaffie Elementary – Honorable Mention

Jessica Gerdes, a third-grade teacher from Indian Creek Elementary won the 100 percent participation drawing. The prize includes a pizza party for the class and a gift card for the teacher.

“At UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas we are thrilled to once again support this amazing way of reaching children with health education in a fun and interactive way,” says Laura Canelos, Director of Community Outreach for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. “Thanks to all the partners that came together to make this happen.”

“We at the Olathe Noon Optimists Club are thrilled to partner with Health Partnership and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas to raise awareness about health and wellbeing,” adds William Shafer, President of the Olathe Noon Optimists Club. “The Optimists have a long-standing tradition of helping elementary students with dictionaries and high school students with scholarship money toward college. Participating in the Children’s Coloring Contest is the perfect type of collaboration we search for!”

A huge thank you to our judges, volunteers and support staff:

Nikki Balden, Health Partnership Clinic
Melissa Beaudoin, Olathe School District
Elizabeth Billings, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas
Laura Canelos, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas
Diane Gossage, Olathe Noon Optimist Club
Judy Janes, Health Partnership Clinic
Judy Leary, Olathe Noon Optimist Club
Audrey Masoner, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas
Marlene Natoli, Olathe Noon Optimist Club
Celiemar Ortiz, Health Partnership Clinic
Catherine Rice, Health Partnership Clinic
Jody Rice, Health Partnership Clinic
Stephanie Rojas, Health Partnership Clinic
Bill Shafer, Olathe Noon Optimist Club
Debbie Sparks, Health Partnership Clinic

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