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Golden elementary named healthy school champion

Shelton receives $500 prize for making health a priority

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Shelton Elementary School was named a 2018 Healthy School Champion and received the $500 Excellence Award.

The award honors schools and districts for creating and supporting healthy schools, and for implementing effective school health efforts that support student learning.

“For the past three years, we have made a very concerted effort to improve our overall health and wellness environment,” Shelton Principal Karen Brown said in a statement. “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.”

“We are so proud of all that our school has accomplished and are very honored to be recognized through this award,” Brown said. “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.”

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

“At CEI, we see the positive impact healthy school environments have on student success and this annual celebration program allows us to recognize and celebrate schools and school districts that are succeeding at this important work,” CEI Director of School Health Amy Dyett said in the release. “These schools and districts have successfully demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement and we’re excited to present this year’s 2018 Healthy School Champions award to Shelton Elementary School.”

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 is embedded into 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,” Dyett said.

In addition, all winning champions are highlighted in the Colorado Healthy School Champions annual magazine.

The program has given more than 315 awards, granting more than $350,000 over the past eight years in the range of $300 to $7,500 per champion.

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