Healthy Schools Heroes
This page highlights some Healthy Schools Heroes across the District — schools and individuals who are putting the Healthy Schools Act into action.
2012 Healthy Schools Heroes Awards
Schools throughout the District are implementing the Healthy Schools Act in exciting and innovative ways. This year’s winners are engaged in a variety of healthy eating and active living projects ranging from school gardens, fruit and vegetable taste testings, to after school fitness classes. See all the entries and winners here.
2011 Healthy Schools Heroes Awards
The Healthy Schools Act Hero Competition awards schools for their efforts to promote healthy eating or active living throughout their school community. Prizes were awarded to entries based on creativity, impact of promoting physical activity or healthy eating, and ability for others to replicate. See all the entries and winners…
In its founding year, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School has made great strides to implement a robust curriculum for health and wellness. The school supports an environment that promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness education. Read more about how Mundo Verde does health and wellness here.
DC SCORES engages students in athletics, arts, and academics
DC SCORES knows the importance of physical education–but they also know education and the arts are important too. Through an innovative model combining soccer, service-learning, and creative writing, students are engaged in arts, athletics, and academics daily. Read more about DC SCORES here.
E.W. Stokes Public Charter School as featured by the D.C. Farm-to-School Network
Under the careful eye of Lisa Dobbs, E.W. Stokes serves fresh, from-scratch meals to its 250 students. They purchase local produce and buy free-range ground beef from the Shenandoah Valley! They receive donated produce from the Washington Youth Garden and E.W. Stokes’ own school garden also grows some of the produce for the salad bar, which kids absolutely love! Read more here.
Revolution Foods’ Nutrition Education Efforts in D.C. Schools
Revolutions Foods goes above and beyond just providing nutritious meals, they are also leading the charge in Nutrition Education efforts for the schools they service. Each school has a School Account Manager responsible for engaging students, parents, and the school community in activities that educate about healthy eating. Read more…
Kimball Elementary Offers Free Breakfast
D.C. Hunger Solutions visited Kimball Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC. Learn about how breakfast in the classroom is helping fuel Kimball students for learning. Read Free Breakfast, That’s What’s Up at Kimball Elementary (pdf)
Dr. Beverley Wheeler, President and CEO of the Center City Public Charter Schools and the former Executive Director of the D.C. State Board of Education, speaks out on the importance of school breakfast:
What have you done today to dramatically impact student achievement?’ This is the question that I ask all Center City Public Charter School teachers, principals, and staff each day. Right now, we can impact student achievement by feeding students a healthy breakfast. That’s why I love the idea of serving free breakfast each day in the classroom. It’s a simple way to say to students that they are important and we’re going to make the effort to make sure they are fed.” Watch the video here.
Healthier US School Challenge
The goal of the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is to improve the health of the Nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments. To help meet the goal, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) identifies schools that have made changes to improve the quality of the foods served, provide students with nutrition education, and provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity. Seven D.C. schools have been awarded Healthier US School Challenge Gold or Silver awards. Read more about them here…