CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Students in Charlottesville City Schools are learning important lessons about staying health, thanks to a community program offered through Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Jackie Martin is the director of community benefit at MJH and visits classrooms across the city to talk with students about different safety topics.
During one kindergarten class at Jackson-Via Elementary School in December, the lesson of the day was hand washing.
The lesson is part of the Elementary School Standards of Learning program. Martin meets with students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade to talk about safety, fitness and nutrition.
"We have lessons tied directly to the health standards of learning and they cover things like bicycle safety and why it's important to protect your brain when you're riding your bike," Martin said. "If kids don't have a helmet, Martha Jefferson Hospital will provide one to them. We also talk about nutrition and why it's so important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables."