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Kingsport elementary schools certified by Healthier U.S. School Challenge

staff report • Feb 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

KINGSPORT — Three more Kingsport elementary schools have been certified by the Healthier U.S. School Challenge, meaning all eight city elementary schools have been recognized by the program.

Board of Education member Susan Lodal presented representatives from Johnson, Jefferson and Washington elementary schools with HUSSC banner and plaques from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Washington received a bronze award, while Johnson and Jefferson received silver awards.

HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Its criteria focus on increasing whole grains, promoting a variety of fruits and vegetables, improving nutritional profiles of a la carte items and meeting minimum standards for physical activity.

The other city schools in the program are Adams, Jackson, Kennedy, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools. Lodal said Robinson and Sevier middle schools will join the program soon.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Dennis Phillips presented the board with a proclamation recognizing School Board Appreciation Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, and Administrative Coordinator Andy True presented the board with copies of books that will be placed in each school library in honor of the 2013 board members.

In elementary libraries the book is “The Quilt Makers Gift,” in middle schools it is “Smokey: The True Stories Behind the University of Tennessee’s Beloved Mascot,” and at Dobyns-Bennett High School and Cora Cox Academy it is “Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories.”

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