Ten Alabama schools have received national awards for their outstanding leadership in creating a healthy and active school environment that promotes physical education and physical activity for students.
As part of the national movement to increase physical education and physical activity in schools, the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical education and physical activity before, during, and after school each day.
“The administrators, teachers, staff, and parents in these schools understand that physical education and physical activity are a must-have for students to reach their full potential in school and life,” said Charlene Burgeson, Active Schools Executive Director. “They use creativity and determination to overcome challenges and provide students with the movement opportunities they need and deserve. Studies show that active kids do better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills, and a lifetime of healthy habits.”
The Alabama recipients of the 2017 award are:
Chilton County School System
- Jemison Middle School
Dothan City School System
- Heard Magnet School
- Kelly Springs Elementary School
- Morris Slingluff Elementary School
- Selma Street Elementary School
Gadsden City School System
- Litchfield Middle School
Hoover City School System
- Hoover High School
Perry County School System
- Robert C. Hatch High School
Sumter County School System
- North Sumter Junior High School
Tuscaloosa County School System
- Huntington Place Elementary School
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. Honorees receive a congratulatory letter, certificate, and large display banner.