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BRHS receives two health awards

Aliyah Ali
Nakia McKenzie shows off the awards given to BRHS.
Principal Greg Fucheck poses with the school’s Longevity Award. (Aliyah Ali)

The New York City Teens Connection awarded BRHS two awards for its work in helping students make smart choices.

The organization works to enhance the sexual and reproductive health of teenagers by collaborating with youth, parents, schools, health centers, and community organizations. The goal is to help young people obtain the knowledge and tools needed to make wise decisions and feel confident enough to follow through on those decisions.
Nakia McKenzie, MSW, came to Bronx River High School to present an award to BRHS and Tene Kelly, an assistant principal.

The program, which provides support to health teachers throughout the New York City school system, presented two awards to BRHS.
Ms. McKenzie first presented the school with a Longevity award. “Bronx River High School was presented a longevity award because they have been partners of New York City teams connections for more than seven years for doing excellent work and sexual reproductive information to this student providing great resources and education,” she said.

“Bronx River actually does an amazing job with meeting all of the New York City Teens Connection requirements and standards,” she said. “There was only one additional piece that I would love to offer your school community: our parent engagement piece where we offer families an opportunity to have open honest conversation around sexual reproductive health and parents gain 50 dollars for joining and students gain 25 dollars for joining.”
She also praised Ms. Kelly, who won the Above and Beyond Award. “This award was given to Ms. Kelly for making sure or ensuring that all of the teachers that I work with on an annual basis are doing the curriculum with fidelity and she is ensuring that they meet all of my program needs so she goes over and beyond even when we were virtual during COVID to make this happen so we presented her with an award.” 

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Aliyah Ali is the oldest of three younger siblings. She loves to write, read, sketch and create music.

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