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Jacksonville Country Day School makes local and national TV

Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) will be shown in a nation-wide broadcast when The Profiles Series airs on the Discovery Channel Tuesday, April 5, at 7 a.m. In addition, JCDS will be featured in a segment of Health Matters on WJCT on Sunday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m.

The April 5 edition of The Profiles Series will focus on independent schools across the nation and how they are preparing students for life in the 21st century.  Jacksonville Country Day School is one of three schools that will be highlighted in the program.

“Today, we are educating children to deal with a changing world,” said head of school Terry Bartow. “We are preparing them for that future.”

A production crew visited the JCDS campus on October 5 to capture video of a typical day at school. The depth of the curriculum, the richness of the arts programs, the character education program, the healthy lunch program, and the brain-friendly learning techniques at JCDS will be highlighted in the segment.

Health Matters, hosted by Karen Feagins, focuses on important health issues and medical care innovations in North Florida. The April 10 program is the first show of its second season, and will feature the healthy lunch program at JCDS.

Terry Bartow’s goal is for Jacksonville Country Day School to serve the “healthiest tasty school lunch in America.”

“Nutrition is a key component of brain-friendly learning,” said Chris Kemph, director of auxiliary services. “It helps support cognitive function which then helps with academic performance.”

The Health Matters crew visited JCDS on February 18 and shot footage of food service in the cafeteria, where whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, low sodium, and absence of preservatives are served to pupils.

While at JCDS, Feagins sampled the eggplant parmigiana, which she said was “very good.”

The Health Matters segment will also emphasize the daily physical education that students receive at JCDS.

“At JCDS, our mission extends beyond just academic excellence. We seek to nurture the whole child—mind and body,” said Bartow.  “Our strides in making this happen have attracted local as well as national attention.”

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