Charles Boehm Students Win Big For School

Pennsbury Social Worker Tammy Kehan-Leimer (center, rear) accompanied seven students from Charles Boehm Middle School when they attended the national NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit in Atlanta in late July.

Charles Boehm middle schoolers are making the most of their opportunities.

Seven students were selected from the Bucks County middle school to participate in the Atlanta Health and Wellness Summit which took place in late July.

The purpose of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit is to give students and educators a chance to win funding for their schools while exchanging ideas.

Elana Ruppersberger (6th), Sebastian Godun (8th), Samarth Mannikeri (7th), Riley Henderson (7th), Carley Sicilia (6th), Liam Wheeler (6th), and Olivia Smith (6th) were the lucky few to be chosen by the American Dairy Association North East.

The Charles Boehm students joined 215 peers and 92 educators from across the country for the four-day conference, which included spending time with NFL players and a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The students also worked to design new activities that focus on healthy eating and physical fitness for their local communities.

The chosen student ambassadors lead programs in their schools that engage their peers in 60 minutes of daily physical activity as well as increasing the access to healthy foods. Currently, over 73,000 schools nationwide have enacted the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

While at the conference the attendees from Charles Boehm proposed ideas for a school walking club and a plan to share left over food with local food pantries. In addition to the proposals, the kids managed to bring home $2,000 in grants and a rolling refrigerated food cart for the school worth over $3,000.

Pennsbury Social Worker Tammy Kehan-Leimer chaperoned the event and was ecstatic about the students’ efforts and victories.

“We have big plans to bring it to every elementary and middle school this upcoming year,” Kehan-Leimer said. “I’d love to take 20 kids with me next time!”

Charles Boehm Middle School is part of the Pennsbury School District in Yardley. Travis Bloom will be the school’s principal for the upcoming school year.

WBCB’s Molly Shelly contributed to this post.