Slate Creek Elementary picked up a national award, for the second time, this month. 

Active Schools, a national movement to increase physical education and physical activity in schools, announced its 2017 National Award recipients this week.Slate Creek was one of 452 schools nationwide, representing 37 states plus the District of Columbia,  recognized for efforts to create an active school environment. In Kansas, 23 schools from seven districts were recognized. 

"It means we are doing what the kids need, and that is to get moving," said Jim Brown, physical education teacher at Slate Creek.  "As a physical educator it validates my program. It makes all the work and the hours upon hours of searching for new activities worth it."

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met  benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement. All of those things, Brown said, are important to the overall education and well being of an elementary school student.  "Physical activity is vital to kids," Brown said. "Kids do not go out and play as we did in the past. They need to move. Our world is a lot more complex and faster moving. Families don't take the time to play. We all need to shut off the screens and take the time to be active. Go for walks or put our helmets on and take a bike ride."   Honorees receive a congratulatory letter, certificate, and large display banner.

The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical education and physical activity before, during and after school each day.

“The administrators, teachers, staff, and parents in these schools understand that physical education and physical activity are a must-have for students to reach their full potential in school and life,” said Charlene Burgeson, Active Schools Executive Director. “They use creativity and determination to overcome challenges and provide students with the movement opportunities they need and deserve. Studies show that Active Kids Do Better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits.”