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Shelton Elementary Named a 2018 Healthy School Champion

Shelton Elementary Named a 2018 Healthy School Champion
Posted on 04/30/2018
Shelton ElementaryShelton Elementary School is proud to announce that they are a 2018 Healthy School Champion and have won the $500 Excellence Award for their school health efforts.

As one of 47 champions named as a 2018 Healthy School Champion, their work will be honored through the annual recognition program which awards schools and school districts for creating and supporting a healthy school environment and successfully implementing effective school health efforts that support student learning.

Healthy School Champions Recognition is presented by Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and Colorado’s Healthy Schools Successful Students, and sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation.

Schools and school districts are awarded based on their implementation of best practices in school health, captured through an assessment tool called Smart Source, a narrative outlining their work, and letters of support.

“For the winning schools and districts, health and wellness are embedded in the culture and systems. It’s about having an intentional investment to meet the needs of their students and staff in order to achieve academically,” said Amy Dyett, director of school health at CEI.

Shelton was selected for its improvements in the past few years, some of which include building a new school and community garden, launching the student-led Health Heroes, moving recess before lunch, and implementing mindfulness programs.

“For the past three years, we have made a very concerted effort to improve our overall health and wellness environment,” said Shelton Principal Karen Brown. "We started by asking our parents, teachers, and students what issues most concerned them, and then our Health and Wellness Committee got to work implementing programs to address those needs. Since that time, we have come a long way. To name just a few examples, we built a new school and community garden, we launched a mindfulness program called Brainwise, and we started a student-led health and wellness committee called the Health Heroes. We are so proud of all that our school has accomplished and are very honored to be recognized with this award. It takes all of us working together to accomplish this amazing feat. I can’t thank our staff, parents, and students enough for making health a priority.”
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