Fusion Academy of Westchester

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Fusion Academy of Westchester

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/Briefing
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of the CoVid-19, our Brain Awareness Week program was shortened to a Zoom-based lunch & learn. We had planned for a week of fun activities and learning moments, but were forced to go online with all of our courses and were thus unable to meet in person. However, our Zoom Lunch & Learn with Coach Rachel was awesome! Rachel McKernan gave a presentation on chiari malformations and how having one has affected her life. The students and teachers who attended were really engaged by Rachel’s presentation. She provided a great background on what chiari malformations are and what they can do, generally, and then more specifically how her life has been affected since her chiari malformation was triggered and started slipping. Rachel was so good that the staff want her to come back and give another talk!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

E-mail- we could reach out directly to our students.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Brain Awareness Week Stickers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 9-12

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

It’s brought awareness of brain-related research and illnesses, as well as just general knowledge to our students, faculty, and staff.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Always have a back-up plan in case of a pandemic! Zoom is a great tool.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Contact Information

Contact Name:

Jeannie Hurley

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