The Colorado Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by the Colorado Department of Education, but is privately funded. Today, the burgeoning operation held a summit focused on the intersection of health and education.
Thirteen districts and schools won Commissioner’s Choice Awards for innovative practices in health and wellness, ranging from establishing school-based clinics to replacing junk food with healthy, locally grown food. It’s easy to overlook the fact that kids who eat unhealthy food, who are overweight or obese, and who don’t get sufficient exerise are likely to hve a harder time learning than a well fed, slender, active kid. So health is really a school reform issue.
The foundation also released yesterday a 2009 Health and wellness Best Practices Guide, laying out how schools and districts can plan systematically for healthier kids and schools, and citing some exemplars.
Districts and schools honored yesterday (details about their programs can be found in the guide):
Adams County School District 14, Commerce City
• Boulder Valley School District, Boulder
• Denver Public Schools, Denver
• Douglas County School District RE-1, Castle Rock
• Durango School District 9-R, Durango
• East Grand School District 2, Granby
• Garfield School District RE-2, Rifle
• Gunnison High School, Gunnison
• High Point Academy, Aurora
• Las Animas School District RE-1, Las Animas
• Montrose County School District RE-1J, Montrose
• Poudre School District R-1, Fort Collins
• Pueblo City School District 60, Pueblo
See the video below for some highlights.
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