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For Immediate Release: March 25, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Custer Elementary earns national recognition

Custer Elementary School was honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday for winning the HealthierUS School Challenge Silver Award. USDA officials presented school leaders with a banner and plaque recognizing the school for its efforts to create a healthier school environment through the promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.

“The HUSSC application process is very comprehensive and requires schools to adhere to certain standards of excellence,” said Mary Kirk, who is with the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “Custer Elementary school staff, students and parents worked to provide healthy and appetizing meals and increase physical activity for the students. We are thrilled the Custer Elementary School has been recognized for its accomplishments.”

To win the award, schools must meet the following minimum criteria:

· Be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School

· Offer reimbursable meals that demonstrate healthy menu planning

· Provide nutrition education to students

· Provide students with the opportunity for physical activity

· Adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program

To learn more about the HealthierUS School Challenge, visit