Red Bluff and Turner Elementary Schools were recently named winners of the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National award, the 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 activity before, during and after school each day.
Both campuses are among only five in the Houston area and 72 in Texas to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment.
“I applaud these schools for creating active school environments that are inspiring students to be more engaged learners and ensuring that physical education and physical activity continue to be an important part of every child’s educational experience,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a press release.
The schools earned the designation for meeting significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.
This is in no small part to Red Bluff and Turner P.E. teachers Kathy Byrd and Jacqueline Caver.
For instance, in addition to participating in 60 minutes of gym and recess each day, Red Bluff students can join before- and after-school jog clubs. Families also take part in physical activities through curriculum nights, family jog nights and coordinated school health activities. Additionally, the school offers wellness challenges and boot camp for staff members.
“Our mission at Red Bluff is to promote life-long fitness through activities that build relationships, require collaboration, and include all skills levels and abilities in a safe and nurturing environment,” Byrd said. “The activities we offer here are some of the many ways we ensure the health and wellness of our community.”
Turner offers students a chance to be active before, during and after school with their open gym program and brain energizers at class and recess. Students, parents and families participate in various after-school community programs, including a monthly Monday Mile Meet club, Walk for Sight, Jump Rope for Heart, Walk for Diabetes, and cup stacking, among others.
“To support the well-being of our campus, Turner has a monthly school-wide health theme that is introduced during morning announcements, explained in P.E. and taught in the classroom,” Caver said. “To remind students and staff about the health theme, we have morning health tips to compliment the monthly theme. A newsletter goes home to parents with information on ways to implement the health theme in their home.”
“This award is a school-wide effort and Turner is very fortunate to have the support from our outstanding administrators, teachers, support staff and parents.”
The honorees will receive a large display banner, certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady for the designation.
Led by a national collaboration of health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools is dedicated to ensuring at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools across the country.
All partners work together to equip schools with physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development and activation grants that help create active school environments.