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126 schools certified in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge this school year

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Monday that 126 schools across the state have met federal standards that recognize healthy environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. The schools are among more than 200 in the Prairie State that have earned voluntary certification through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) HealthierU.S. School Challenge.

“It’s great to see so many schools voluntarily improve nutrition and physical activity programs to create healthier environment for students,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Schools that take up this challenge know that when students are physically active and eating well, they’re more likely to succeed in the classroom and develop lifelong healthy habits.”

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) certification initiative was established in 2004 with three award levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. To date, about 6,000 schools across the country, including about 210 in Illinois, have become certified. Of the 126 schools that have become certified since July 1, 2012, approximately 44, or 35 percent, are in Chicago Public Schools District 299, and the other 65 percent represent 82 schools in 17 districts. Four Illinois high schools, 11 middle schools and the remaining 111 elementary schools earned recognition since July 1.

Schools qualify for each award level depending on their percent of eligible students participating in the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs, weekly physical activities, menu plans and recipes, nutrition education, school wellness plans and partnerships with community groups to promote wellness. In Illinois to date, about 10 schools have achieved the highest award; the Gold Award of Distinction, another 41 have achieved the Gold award, 58 have achieved the Silver level and another 72 have achieved certification as Bronze level schools. To view the application criteria, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/2012criteria_chart.html

To see a list of all Illinois schools certified to date, view the Healthy Access Locator to see a graphic and search awards by state at: http://www.healthyaccesslocator.com/

This graphic depicts all of the schools currently certified. The schools that became certified during the current school year are:

 

District

School

Award

Belvidere Community School District #100

Belvidere Central Middle School

Bronze

Caledonia Elementary School

Bronze

Kishwaukee Elementary School

Bronze

Meehan Elementary School

Silver

Perry Elementary School

Silver

Seth Whitman Elementary School

Bronze

 

 

 

Chicago Public Schools 299

Alexander Hamilton Elementary School

Bronze

Alfred D. Kohn Fine & Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Elementary School

Bronze

Armour Elementary School

Gold

Avalon Park Elementary School

Silver

Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

Bronze

Benito Juarez Community Academy

Silver

Burnham Anthony Inclusive Academy

Silver

Carrie Jacob Bond Elementary School

Silver

Chappell Elementary School

Bronze

Christian Fenger Academy High School

Gold

Claremont Academy

Silver

Disney II Magnet School

Bronze

Edison Park Elementary School

Bronze

Enrico Tonti Elementary School

Silver

Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School

Silver

Foster Park

Bronze

Frank W. Reilly Elementary School

Silver

Galileo Scholastic Academy

Bronze

Granville T. Woods Math and Science Academy

Gold

Haines Elementary School

Silver

Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School

Bronze

Helen C. Pierce School of International Studies

Silver

Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy

Gold

Ida B. Wells Preparatory Academy

Silver

Irvin C. Mollison Elementary School

Gold

James Ward Elementary School

Silver

John Milton Gregory Elementary School

Silver

Joseph E. Gary Elementary School

Silver

Joseph Kellman Corporate Community School

Silver

Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School

Bronze

Lozano Bilingual & International Center

Gold

Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy

Bronze

Marvin Camras Elementary School

Bronze

Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School

Gold

Mather High School

Silver

McDowell Elementary School of International Studies

Gold

Medgar Evers Elementary School

Bronze

Mildred I. Lavizzo Elementary School

Silver

Newberry Math and Science Academy

Bronze

Nicholas Senn High School

Gold

Oscar DePriest Elementary School

Silver

Parker Community Academy

Silver

Patrick Henry Elementary School

Silver

Paul Cuffe Math-Science Technology Academy Elementary School

Gold

Pilsen Community Academy

Silver

Pulaski International School of Chicago

Gold

Ray Graham Training Center High School

Gold

Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary School

Silver

Robert Fulton Elementary School

Silver

Robert Healy Elementary School

Silver

Salmon P. Chase Elementary School

Silver

Shields Elementary School

Silver

Songhai Learning Institute

Gold

Steinmetz Academic Prep

Silver

Theophilus Schmid Elementary School

Silver

Thomas J. Higgins Elementary Community Academy

Silver

Wildwood Elementary School

Bronze

William Claude Reavis Elementary School

Silver

Williams Multiplex Elementary School

Silver

 

 

 

Dolton School District #149

Berger Vandenberg School

Gold

Carol Moseley Braun School

Gold

Caroline Sibley School

Gold

Diekman School

Gold

New Beginnings Learning Academy

Gold

 

 

 

LeRoy School District #2

LeRoy Elementary School

Silver

 

 

 

Payson Community Unit District 1

Payson Seymour Elementary School

Gold Award of Distinction

 

 

 

River Trails School District #26

Euclid Elementary School

Gold

 

 

 

South Berwyn District 100

Freedom Middle School

Gold Award of Distinction

Heritage Middle School

Gold Award of Distinction

Hiawatha Elementary School

Gold Award of Distinction

Komensky Elementary School

Gold Award of Distinction

Pershing Elementary School

Gold Award of Distinction

Piper Elementary School

Gold Award of Distinction

 

 

 

Woodstock School District 200

Clay Academy

Silver

Creekside Middle School

Silver

Dean Street Elementary School

Silver

Greenwood Elementary School

Bronze

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