Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, honored Franklin Public Schools with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity. Only 544 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2016.
“Over the past three years’ students, staff, administration, and community members have been working together to further the health and wellness of our students and staff. This award is the result of the many changes our school has underwent in order to ensure that our students are getting a healthy and well-rounded education at Franklin Public Schools,” stated Principal Adam Boettcher
Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources, programs, professional development and grants to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
Why are Active Schools so important? Because Active Kids Do Better. Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to: higher test scores; improved attendance; increased focus; better behavior in class; enhanced leadership skills; and a lifetime of healthy habits.
The school has worked to increase physical education time in the elementary, worked to ensure that recess is not used as a punishment, added Wellness Wednesday’s in the high school (which allows students 20 minutes of additional physical activity every Wednesday morning), and continues to find ways to incorporate more physical movement within the lessons that students receive in classes.
“We commend Franklin Public Schools model work around enhancing physical education and physical activity opportunities and inspiring students to go from zero to sixty both in the classroom and in life,” said Charlene R. Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools Executive Director. “Franklin Public School is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs.”
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National 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.
As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, Franklin Public School received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady.
This school year, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports &; Nutrition, Let’s Move! Active Schools is excited to celebrate its National Award schools and to help more students accelerate their journey to leading a healthy, active lifestyle. In support the Council’s #0to60 campaign, Let’s Move! Active Schools will provide school champions with continued information, resources, and inspiration needed to build healthier lives for future generations.
Find out more about Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org.