STATEHOUSE-Parkside and Clifty Creek Elementary Schools were honored by the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) as part of their Healthy Hoosier School Awards. Schools were rewarded for placing a high priority on teaching students life-long healthy habits.
Parkside Elementary received a Gold Level Award and will be the recipient of $750 and a certificate. The school will be honored at a June 1 banquet with First Lady Cheri Daniels. Parkside Physical Education teacher Nora Coleman and sixth grader Adam Ruble shared their schools philosophies on physical education and nutrition to the DOE to win the award. Parkside received the highest score of all elementary schools who applied.
Clifty Creek Elementary School received a Silver Level Award and will be honored with a certificate.
"I am always proud of our education system here in Columbus but anytime our schools are honored for going above and beyond, it is a little bit sweeter," Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said. "I'm proud of our physical education teachers for teaching our students proper eating habits and the importance of being active. I believe that being healthy will help students learn better in their other classes. So, congratulations to Parkside and Clifty Creek!"
The Healthy Hoosier School Award is in its sixth year. Last year 92 elementary schools, middle schools and high schools received awards. The award is sponsored by the DOE, the Dairy and Nutrition Council Inc. of Indiana, Whole Foods Market, the Indiana Action for Healthy Kids Team and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.