Prospect Elementary School Students Run, Jump and Walk into National Spotlight
September 26, 2016 – Prospect Elementary School has been honored with the Let’s Move! Active Schools Nation Award for their persistent efforts at helping students move their bodies for at least 60 minutes each school day. Idaho Fine Arts Academy and River Valley Elementary School are past recipients of this award. Each of these campuses represents West Ada School District by acting on this national initiative to reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. The award celebrates a school’s efforts in creating an active environment where children can be in motion for 60 minutes before, during and after the school day. Only 544 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2016.
"We are very proud to have received this honor! Our students are very fortunate to have a staff that promotes good health in a variety of ways. Between our PE curriculum, our Pacers program, and other events such as our PTA sponsored fun run, our students are learning that movement can help keep them healthy,” Prospect Principal Joann Grether shared.
Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources, programs, professional development and grants to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
“Here at Prospect we have a very supportive staff and administration. The active programs we offer are driven by our students. Our students want to be active. Not only do we have a run/walk program but we have intermural basketball, soccer, flag football, before school activities and all the activity choices at recess times. It is great to see our students excited about all we have to offer,” explained Heather Bachman, Prospect PE teacher.
“We commend Prospect Elementary model work around enhancing physical education and physical activity opportunities and inspiring students to go from zero to sixty both in the classroom and in life,” said Charlene R. Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools Executive Director. “Prospect Elementary is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs.”
Prospect will receive a letter of commendation from First Lady Michelle Obama, an official certificate and banner, and recognition on the national Let’s Move! Active Schools website.
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.
This school year, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Let’s Move! Active Schools is excited to celebrate its National Award schools and to help more students accelerate their journey to leading a healthy, active lifestyle. In support the Council’s #0to60 campaign, Let’s Move! Active Schools will provide school champions with continued information, resources, and inspiration needed to build healthier lives for future generations.