Crouse Hospital Community Health Outreach Manager Leesa Kelley received an Excellence Award from Parents for Public Schools (PPS) of Syracuse. Kelley was nominated for her involvement in helping to advance health and wellness activities on behalf of Crouse at Hughes Magnet Elementary School in Syracuse. The award was presented during PPS’s recent annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony at Syracuse Stage.
Hughes Magnet has benefited from the hospital’s community health outreach program for the past six years. The partnership began during the 2005-2006 school year and has continued since, with on-site health and wellness screenings and speakers provided by Crouse. In her role as community health outreach manager, Kelley coordinates all activities, which have also included hat/mitten drives to help ensure that the school’s 525 students stay warm during winter as well as school supply fundraisers at the hospital to purchase back-to-school supplies for the students.
In 2009, Kelley oversaw a Crouse campaign to raise funds to create a health and wellness section of the school’s library, which resulted in more than $1,500 worth of books being purchased for library. In addition to Crouse’s work with Hughes, Kelley serves as a liaison between the Syracuse City School District and the hospital, coordinating training and health screening activities provided to the district by the hospital.
PPS of Syracuse is part of a national network of parents and concerned citizens united to foster and support public education. PPS has chapters in more than 20 states.