ROANOKE, Va. – Ensuring the safety and health of students is a priority for all school leaders. Roanoke City Schools is now taking things a step further by building a new health and wellness center connected to an elementary school.
After four long years of planning, building and managing a pandemic, LIFT Centeran acronym for Local Impact for Tomorrow, will open at Fallon Park Elementary School.
The project was made possible through partnerships between Roanoke City School, Carilion Clinic, Delta Dental and Freedom First Credit Union.
“It takes all of us together to make sure that we provide health services, dental services, mental health services to families and to our students,” said City of Roanoke Superintendent Verletta White.
The intention to build the center in Fallon Park is to help fill the void in health services in southeast Roanoke.
“There was research that Carilion had done that there was a particular need in the Fallon Park area,” said Paul Phillips of Freedom First Credit Union.
“We need these comprehensive services. That’s what we mean by supporting the whole child,” White added.
School leaders hope these new services will help students not only survive, but also thrive.
“We know that when we can all come together and keep families and students healthy in this way, it impacts absenteeism rates, student performance,” White said.
“Children have a better chance of being in school and staying in school and doing well in school and thriving in school when their health and well-being are taken into account. “, she added.
The center is available to students attending Fallon Park Elementary School and their immediate families.
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