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For Immediate Release: Aug. 11, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Governor Rounds rewards schools for healthy practices



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

This year’s winners of Governor Rounds’ Healthy School Awards are Stanley County Elementary in Fort Pierre, Lead-Deadwood Middle School, Sturgis Brown High School in Sturgis, and the Madison Central School District. The awards were presented at the Joint Convention of school administrators and school board members Aug. 10 in Sioux Falls.

“These schools should be extremely proud of their efforts,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “They are going the extra mile to create an environment that encourages students to make healthy choices in all that they do.”

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 schools 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 Chester Elementary School, West Middle School in Rapid City, Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, and the Brookings and Arlington school districts.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Electronic images available. Please contact Mary Stadick Smith at (605) 773-7228 or mary.stadicksmith@state.sd.us to request.