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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Healthy schools win big with Governor Rounds' Healthy School Award

Gov. Mike Rounds challenges South Dakota schools to vie for a Governor’s Healthy School Award in the 2nd annual competition. Winners receive a $5,000 award.

“Healthy students learn better,” said Gov. Rounds. “This program rewards schools that take a well-rounded approach to student health by taking steps such as offering nutritious meals, providing opportunities for physical activity during the day, and promoting good mental health throughout the school.”

Winners will be selected in four categories: elementary school, middle school/junior high, high school, and school district. The top candidate in each category will receive $5,000 and a Healthy School banner.

Schools will be judged on eight key components, including: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling/psychological and social services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and parent/community involvement.

Requests for applications must be made by public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals or assistant principals. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31.

To request an application, contact the Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health Program at (605) 773-3261.