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Horizons Elementary awarded in Healthier U.S. School Challenge
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Horizons Elementary awarded in Healthier U.S. School Challenge

Davenport, FL-- Horizons Elementary is the recipient of the Healthier U.S. School Challenge Gold Award of Distinction. The national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program rewards institutions that create healthier school environments through promotion of good nutrition and physical education activities. 

Each year, schools from across the country are invited to qualify at any of the four levels of superior performance: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold Award of Distinction. Horizons Elementary qualified at the highest level.

On Thursday, December 13 USDA’s Deputy Director of School and Family Nutrition Steve Horton will visit the Davenport school to present the official award. As part of winning the distinction the school receives an award plaque, a cash prize of $2,000, a banner to display in the school and the school’s name listed on the Team Nutrition web site.

Deputy Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Shannon Shepp, Horizons Elementary School Nutrition Manager Karen Dumke, who led the application process for the award, Horizons Elementary Principal Ruth Reimer and other staff members instrumental in supporting a healthy school environment, will also be in attendance.

The Healthier U.S. School Challenge is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

In August, the school was awarded a $4,402 Team Nutrition Go for the Challenge Healthy Schools Project sub-grant. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Food, Nutrition and Wellness distributed the grant. 

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