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Forty Two Schools Win National Nutrition Award

OLYMPIA — December 4, 2012 — A total of 42 schools in nine districts recently won national awards for improving the health of their students.

The awards were administered by the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

The awards are based on how the schools:

  1. improve the nutritional quality of the foods served,
  2. provide students with nutrition education, and
  3. provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

“I want to thank all these schools for their hard work and their commitment to student health,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction.

Four levels of awards are given: bronze, silver, gold and gold of distinction, with increasingly stringent criteria for each level. Each award comes with a monetary prize: $500 for bronze; $1,000 for silver $1000; $1,500 for gold; and $2,000 for gold of distinction. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four-year certification period.

The 42 awarded schools, each which received bronze awards, include:

    Chehalis School District
    Cascade Elementary School
    Olympic Elementary School
    R.E. Bennett Elementary School

    Ephrata School District
    Columbia Ridge Elementary School
    Grant Elementary School

    Kennewick School District
    Amistad Elementary School
    Canyon View Elementary School
    Cascade Elementary School
    Cottonwood Elementary School
    Eastgate Elementary School
    Edison Elementary School
    Hawthorne Elementary School
    Lincoln Elementary School
    Ridge View Elementary School
    Southgate Elementary School
    Sunset View Elementary School
    Vista Elementary School
    Washington Elementary School
    Westgate Elementary School

    Meridian School District
    Irene Reither Primary
    Ten Mile Creek Elementary School

    Nooksack Valley School District
    Everson Elementary School
    Nooksack Elementary School
    Sumas Elementary School

    Onalaska School District
    Onalaska Elementary School
    Onalaska Middle School

    Riverview School District
    Carnation Elementary School
    Cherry Valley Elementary School
    Eagle Rock Multi-Age School
    Riverview Learning Center
    Stillwater Elementary School

    South Kitsap School District
    Burley-Glenwood Elementary School
    East Port Orchard Elementary School
    Hidden Creek Elementary School
    Manchester Elementary School
    Mullenix Ridge Elementary School
    Olalla Elementary School
    Orchard Heights Elementary School
    Sidney Glen Elementary School
    South Colby Elementary School
    Sunnyslope Elementary School

    Yakima School District
    Robertson Elementary School

To qualify for an award, each school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Schools must:

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and be a Team Nutrition school;
  • Offer reimbursable lunches consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meet US Department of Agriculture nutrition standards;
  • Support the local wellness policy efforts of the school district; and
  • Meet or exceed HealthierUS Challenge criteria established for:
    • Average daily participation in the NSLP;
    • Nutrition standards for meals and competitive foods and beverages;
    • Nutrition education; and
    • Physical education and activity.

The HealthierUS School Challenge – a part of the FNS – is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Among other functions, it supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign by helping schools raise healthy children.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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Nathan Olson
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