Mary McPherson Elementary and Victory Middle Schools Receive 2017 Active Schools National Award
September 19, 2017 – Active Schools, a national movement dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, honored Mary McPherson Elementary and Victory Middle schools with the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for their outstanding efforts in creating active school environments.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity. Only 452 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2017.
“Students in physical education classes and participation in school athletics gain opportunities to work on the skills required to be a part of a team, including communication skills, how to cooperate and work with a variety of students, self-management, motor skills, and how to persevere through difficulty and challenges,” Victory Principal Bret Heller shared.
Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, 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.
Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to: higher test scores; improved attendance; increased focus; better behavior in class; enhanced leadership skills; and a lifetime of healthy habits.
“Physical fitness is an important component of leading a healthy lifestyle. Access to quality physical education programs promotes lifetime wellness for our students. There is also a significant impact in how physical activity reduces the stress that students face on a daily basis,” Victory Principal Bret Heller shared. “There are a variety of studies that have shown that physical activity during the school day has a positive impact on students cognitive functioning.”
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.
As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, Mary McPherson and Victory each received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter.
Find out more about Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org.