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Fraser Valley named among top three healthy schools in Colorado

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Fraser Valley Elementary (FVE) School was recently recognized as a Healthy School Champion for 2016 in the State of Colorado, earning a Gold Award for the school's health efforts and a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI).

Fraser Valley received the award on March 4 at the 2016 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit held in Denver. The school was named as one of the top three schools for student health in the State of Colorado from a list of 87 applicant schools.

Principal of Fraser Valley Elementary, James Chamberlin PhD, commented briefly on the award and the cultural focus at FVE that made the award possible.

"It is my job to ensure each student and staff have an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different, to help them realize whatever unique potential of body, spirit or mind he or she possess and aspires to become," Chamberlin stated. "While it is critically important to be a proficient reader by third grade, I also believe that learning and practicing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are equally important."

Gold Award designations are based on each school's implementation of best practices in school health using an assessment tool called "Smart Source". Each school was also judged on a narrative outlining their work and letters of support.

"For winning schools, health and wellness is embedded into the culture and systems," stated Amy Dyett, Health and Wellness Director for CEI. "It's about having an intentional investment to meet the needs of their students and staff in order to achieve academically."

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The 2016 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit was held in downtown Denver and was put on by the Colorado Education Initiative, the Colorado Healthy Schools Collective Impact and was sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation. The annual Healthy Schools Summit seeks to recognize schools that create and support a healthy school environment while also successfully implementing school health efforts that support student learning.

"At CEI, we have seen how impactful school health efforts can be on student success and this annual celebration allows us to recognize and celebrate schools that are succeeding at this important work," stated CEI President and CEO Glenna Norvelle. "These schools have successfully demonstrated the critical ink between student health and academic achievement."

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