The Childhood & Family Learning Foundation recognized 25 Whole Child Champions during a recent luncheon at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. The recipients were chosen on the basic of their support of the Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community program adopted by the 2015 Louisiana Legislature to ensure that all children are free of health barriers to be able to learn.

“The natural place for children to be assessed for health care needs is in their respective schools,” said Phyllis Landrieu, president and CEO of the Childhood and Family Learning Foundation. “Once their needs are assessed, we can organize the treatment each child requires and put them on the path to success.”

Health Secretary Kathy Kleibert and Education Superintendent John White were among the leading recipients of the award. Also recognized were state Sen. David Heitmeier, who initiated the legislation, and 10 state legislators who co-sponsored it. Senate Resolution 34 urges and requests the appropriate agencies to develop a plan to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Initiative and to submit that plan to the Legislature by Jan. 15.

Others recognized were Demetrius Porche, dean of the LSU School of Nursing; and Deidra Brewer, a clinical associate professor in the LSU Dental Hygiene Program. First NBC Bank President Ashton J. Ryan Jr. was host of the event.