Cherry Valley named one of the healthiest schools in Colorado
FRANKTOWN- Cherry Valley Elementary has been named a 2016 Healthy School Champion by the Colorado Education Initiative and has won the $500 Excellence Award for our school health efforts. The school was one of just 43 schools to receive this award.
Cherry Valley will be honored at the 2016 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit: The Power of Collective Impact, presented by The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and the Colorado Healthy Schools Collective Impact, and sponsored by The Colorado Health Foundation, on Friday, March 4, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.
The annual celebration recognizes schools that create and support a healthy school environment and also successfully implement effective school health efforts that support student learning.
“At CEI, we have seen how impactful school health efforts can be on student success and this annual celebration allows us to recognize and celebrate schools that are succeeding at this important work,” said CEI President and CEO Glenna Norvelle. “These schools have successfully demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement.”
Schools are awarded based on their implementation of best practices in school health through an assessment tool called Smart Source, a narrative outlining their work, and letters of support. “For the winning schools, 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,” said CEI Health and Wellness director Amy Dyett.
Cherry Valley has a student-led health team that is guided by teacher Jan Francis. They meet weekly, planning out physical activities and sustainability projects for the school. The school's entire staff and student body are participating in an ultramarathon program, moving 100 miles by May. Students are planning healthy parties and celebrations, and the entire school is learning a dance together three times a week. They also have been working on sustainability, promoting a waste free lunch, recycling, mobile garden lab, chickens and a garden.
"Students are the leaders and they have taken that challenge to heart, making sure they are giving one hundred percent effort," said Francis. "There is a school wide awareness in movement and we are greener in our thoughts. It's what we do it's what we are about."
The CEI program has granted more than $250,000 in awards over the past six years in the range of $300 to $7,500 per school.