County school system honored

County school system honored

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:00 pm

The Messenger 11.21.12

The Obion County School System has accepted the challenge.
The Tennessee School Boards Association recently partnered with the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Coordinated School Health to offer Tennessee’s Healthier Schools Challenge award program.
Obion County schools received Silver Level recognition at the TSBA convention, with a $2,000 grant awarded to the system.
Chastity Homra, director of Coordinated School Health for the Obion County School System, said the Healthier Schools Challenge was a voluntary, statewide initiative recognizing school systems for their participation in merging health with academics to create student success.
It was designed to motivate school board members, school administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students to create healthier school environments, encourage adoption of healthy behaviors and promote the connection between health and academic success.
United Healthcare was the corporate underwriter, providing funding to Coordinated School Health programs across the state.
The challenge included 12 possible criteria to complete and 57 systems completed at least eight of them.
Scott Bowers with United Healthcare, and Rebecca Johns-Wommack, executive director of the Tennessee Coordinated School Health Department, presented awards recently to the 57 systems that successfully completed the challenge.
“We are utterly impressed with the partnership of the Tennessee School Boards Association and the state Department of Education’s Office of Coordinated School Health, who have come together to teach our children the important connection between healthy behaviors and their academic success,” Bowers said.
“I’m very proud of our school system for this award,” Ms. Homra added.

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