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GREENWICH — From calling for recent meals in colleges to educating battle decision, longtime Greenwich Public Faculties well being trainer Kim Gillick needed her college students to have two issues: wholesome minds and wholesome our bodies.
She cherished college and cherished giving again to it, mentioned her daughter Kristina, a graduate of the Greenwich college system.
“All she talked about had been her college students and the way she might assist them in any method and in the event that they had been in want,” Kristina Gillick mentioned.
Kim Gillick, 59, who taught well being and wellness and bodily schooling on the town for greater than 28 years, died out of the blue Tuesday whereas ingesting tea together with her mom, in her favourite place, her dad and mom’ residence in Vermont.
“She was having fun with the final of her summer season break,” Kristina Gillick mentioned. “I couldn’t have hoped for something higher for my mom. … I couldn’t be extra pleased that she handed away in a home she cherished surrounded by folks she cherished.”
Kim Gillick had taught at Riverside Faculty, the Worldwide Faculty at Dundee, Western Center Faculty, Central Center Faculty, the district’s different college Windrose and Greenwich Excessive Faculty. She spent most of her profession in Greenwich.
“Mrs. Gillick was concerned in lots of actions and group through the years, however she is greatest remembered for her enthusiasm each out and in of the classroom in addition to the eagerness that she had for guaranteeing our college students had been secure and made good selections,” Interim Headmaster Ralph Mayo mentioned in a letter to the college group.
When college students felt they may not discuss to their dad and mom, Gillick was the grownup they confided in, her daughter mentioned.
“Once they felt they wanted anyone to belief, she was that individual to belief,” her daughter mentioned.
After receiving her schooling in public well being, Kim Gillick began engaged on a nursing diploma when she realized she needed to convey her information to colleges.
Earlier in her profession, she devoted her time to educating Greenwich college students the best way to resolve conflicts. She visited elementary and center colleges and the highschool to assist kids develop the instruments they want to deal with bullying, teasing, taunting and gossip, in addition to the best way to mediate conditions between their friends and the best way to be good listeners and good associates.
She even developed her personal curriculum for these classes, and the district adopted a few of her greatest practices whereas it was setting up its first district-wide framework for educating character.
Along with advocating for recent meals, Gillick fought to have sodas faraway from the highschool, her daughter mentioned.
She additionally launched into initiatives to scale back meals and plastic bottle waste in colleges. In 2017, she began a composting initiatives at Hamilton Avenue Faculty whereas she was the well being trainer at Greenwich Excessive.
“Mrs. Gillick cared deeply for her college students and he or she demonstrated it every day,” Mayo mentioned. “We are going to miss her exuberance and her love of educating, however extra importantly the best way she introduced us all collectively to do what was greatest for all college students.”
A wake will probably be held for Mrs. Gillick from three to 7 p.m. Sunday at Castiglione Funeral Dwelling, 544 Previous Publish Street. A funeral service will probably be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside.