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Pleasant Hill Earns National Award from 'Let's Move!'

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PLEASANT HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HONORED BY LET’S MOVE! ACTIVE SCHOOLS FOR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, recently honored Pleasant Hill Elementary School with the 2014 Active Schools national recognition award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Pleasant Hill Principal Teddy Graham said he and his staff were excited about winning the national award.

"Pleasant Hill Elementary School is very excited and proud to receive 2014 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award.  A special thank you is extended to our school partners for providing many of the services which contributed to achieving this distinction.  The Georgetown County YMCA provides swimming lessons for our second grade students.  The First Tee of the Grand Strand contributes golf instruction intermingled with character education for our fourth graders.  We have enjoyed a very close partnership with the Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Department through the years.   Our students are afforded year-round sports opportunities in first-class facilities. I credit our superintendent, Dr. Randy Dozier, for fostering these community relationships which benefit children across Georgetown County.   Additionally, many community volunteers contribute their time and resources to coach and provide support for our children participating in recreational activities.  Finally, our physical education teacher, Nicole Watts, deserves recognition for showcasing our school in a manner to receive this distinction.  Mrs. Watts is an exceptional teacher, providing students with a physically active and purposeful physical education program.  We have worked creatively together to create a master schedule  to offer students increased instruction in physical education, art, and music.  I commend our entire school family for contributions towards serving our students." 

Studies show that active kids do better in school. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class and lower rates of childhood obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that school-aged youth participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture where physical activity is foundational to success. Powered by a national collaboration of leading health and education organizations, it delivers a purposeful and customized selection of programs, initiatives and resources – so that students can reach their greatest potential both in the classroom and in life.

To earn an Active Schools national recognition award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.

Pleasant Hill Elementary was provided with an Active Schools banner and certificate to proudly celebrate its success and display its commitment to improving student physical and cognitive health through movement and physical activity.

 

ABOUT LET’S MOVE! ACTIVE SCHOOLS

Let’s Move! Active Schools is an unprecedented national collaboration that empowers champions to create active school environments. It is no secret that active kids do better, so Let’s Move! Active Schools equips school champions with the tools and resources to help students get a combined 60 minutes of physical activity before, during, and after the school day. A part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, Let’s Move! Active Schools enables our nation’s kids to get moving and reach their fullest potential. Key players in the initiative include managing partners Alliance for a Healthier Generation; SHAPE America; and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition; and supporting organizations Action for Healthy Kids; BOKS; ChildhoodObesity180; GENYOUth Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; NBA FIT; NIKE, Inc.; Partnership for a Healthier America; Safe Routes to School National Partnership; SPARK; U.S. Department of Education; and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find out more at www.letsmoveschools.org.