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Mountain View school earns a national award

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:57 PM

HURRICANE — Mountain View Elementary School has made good health a team effort, and the school’s work has been rewarded with national recognition.

Mountain View won the Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for school improvement focusing specifically on healthy living and fighting childhood obesity. The Alliance recently honored the more than 250 recipients in Little Rock, Ark. Mountain View is one of four West Virginia schools honored by the Alliance.

The National Recognition Award is given to schools that improved conditions and met or exceeded the standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. All schools honored have been successful in creating a healthier atmosphere for students.

Principal Sonya Shue said physical education teacher Jeff Shultz spearheaded a collaborative effort that involved the staff, the school’s cooks, and the Putnam County Schools Office of Child Nutrition.

Mountain View school made choosing healthy foods easier for students by having aides near the salad bar, and they met fitness goals by initiating a pedometer walking program and involving the staff with Zumba classes and health and wellness screenings.

Mountain View was one of four West Virginia schools to be awarded this year.