Guidehouse employees in the Chicago office volunteered with Namaste Charter School for Community Connections Service Month. Volunteers were immersed into the classrooms, the gym, and the lunchroom to help the teachers with their students.
Since 2004, Namaste Charter School has been a model for the integration of health and wellness programming in school to ensure students’ lasting physical and social-emotional health parallel to high academic achievement. Namaste has positioned itself as an innovator in education through high-quality, data-informed, student-centered academics; programming to promote social-emotional growth and creativity; a focus on nutrition, movement, and wellness; family-based programming and authentic engagement; access to a dual language Spanish immersion model; and an extended school day and year. Recognizing the alarming increase in childhood obesity rates and the highly detrimental effect poor health has on children’s academic performance, Namaste Charter School was specifically designed to integrate physical fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle disciplines with rigorous academic curricula to empower its students for lifelong success.