Zo8 Award winner

In acknowledgement of Kelso School District’s commitment to building and sustaining a robust employee wellness program, the district received the Zo8 Award from the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Washington Wellness initiative. The award recognizes organizations for implementing best practices following an eight-step SmartHealth Workplace Wellness Roadmap.

The health and wellbeing of staff is a top priority in Kelso School District, and providing a comprehensive workplace wellness program is part of the district’s strategic plan. In addition to providing a generous employee assistance program that provides free and confidential resources and access to counseling, training and informational sessions are held at school sites and quarterly wellness surveys are sent to all employees.

A Wellness Committee managed by Human Resource Director Dr. Holly Budge and made up of diverse staff members (including teachers, principals, counselors, dean of students, administration, and human resource staff) coordinates the district’s efforts. The committee meets every month to analyze program results, identify concerns, and develop action plans to address any issues and enhance wellness efforts.

“We are deeply committed to staff and student wellness,” said Dr. Budge, “and by supporting the well-being of our staff, we are helping them to better support the well-being of our students.”

Washington Wellness will celebrate Zo8 award winners  during an annual recognition ceremony. Winning organizations receive a physical award and certificates for contributing team members.

“Kelso School District is proud to actively support the health and well-being of our staff and we are honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Budge.