Greenwood School District 50 has a district full of healthy schools, but on Tuesday, May 22nd, Springfield Elementary School was named as the healthiest.
15 schools in District 50 participated in the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Boeing Center Children’s Wellness Program. This was the third year for this wellness initiative in each school. Every school was recognized for their third year success at a Wellness Achievement Celebration held on May 22nd at Genesis Education Center.
Each school received a $1,000 wellness achievement award from Boeing for successfully completing a wellness checklist. Schools will use the funds to continue expanding their wellness programs next year.
Springfield Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, and Greenwood High School were named the top three finalists for the Wellness Achievement Award. Springfield Elementary was named the grand prize winner for a wellness program which included a student council wellness committee, school garden, and so many other wellness initiatives led by teachers and students. As the grand prize winner, Springfield Elementary received an additional $2,000 for its wellness program.
Boeing gave a total of $17,000 to District 50.
The wellness program started as a partnership between MUSC and Charleston County School District in 2007. The Docs Adopt School Health Initiative © was created to address rising rates of obesity in South Carolina, and to support the national emphasis on improving student and employee wellness. The initiative is a simple, evidence-based school wellness program that incentivizes nutrition and physical activity improvements in schools where children spend the majority of their day.
“District 50 had 100% participation this school year which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff,” Program Coordinator Lucie Kramer stated.
During the event, Kramer went over statistics about the district stating that 73 increased physical activity, 60 percent applied for extra grant funding, and 57% had healthy tips on their morning announcements.