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For Immediate Release: Aug. 12, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Governor Rounds awards schools for healthy practices

Three South Dakota schools and one school district are the recipients of $5,000 awards under the Governor’s Healthy School recognition program.

Winners of the Governor’s Healthy School Award are Lake Preston Elementary School, Madison Middle School, Madison High School, and the Watertown School District. The awards were presented at the Joint Convention of school administrators and school board members Aug. 11 in Sioux Falls.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “They are teaching students to live healthy lifestyles by providing them with solid information, by role-modeling healthy behaviors and by providing healthy learning environments.”

Winning schools were chosen for their efforts in areas such as health promotion for staff, health education, family and community involvement, school-based nutrition programs, health services, physical education, healthy school environment, and counseling services.

The Governor’s Healthy School recognition program is designed to spotlight the importance of healthy practices in schools, especially for programs that directly affect students and staff. It rewards schools that promote healthy practices with $5,000 and a banner to display at the school. Winners are chosen at four levels: elementary school, middle school/junior high, high school, and school district.

Finalists for the awards each receive a plaque. This year’s finalists included Madison Elementary School, Sioux Valley Elementary in Volga, Sturgis Brown High School, T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, and the Brookings and Menno school districts.