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Two East Grand schools among state’s healthiest

Damaris Acevedo
Sky-Hi Intern
Grand County, CO Colorado

Last Friday, East Grand Middle School and Fraser Valley Elementary were awarded $5,000 for being two of the top 15 healthy schools in Colorado.

The Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Colorado Connections for Healthy Schools offered all schools a chance to answer a long survey about their school’s nutrition, physical education, health committee, recess/outside time, and many other factors pertaining to the health status of each school.

East Grand Middle School administrators provided success stories and shared why they feel their school is one of the healthiest in Colorado.

Kris Lorens, the Middle School’s girls physical education teacher and health committee member, had a phone interview with both groups to elaborate on the school’s approach to nutrition on campus.

“She elaborated on our administrators and staff that truly value health and physical education. Administrators and staff see the validity of the importance of having P.E. every day,” said East Grand Middle School Principal Jeff Verosky.

East Grand has changed many factors that contribute to the importance of maintaining a healthy school, he said. For example, school administrators have taken out all soda machines from the school. The food service department has changed its menu in order to serve more quality foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

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East Grand’s health team of faculty members, led by Lorens, Joan Rohloff and the District Health Coordinator Kathy Kopp, have put together a team to make East Grand a school that values a healthy environment.

When Lorens reported all of their efforts and changes on the survey, the Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Colorado Connections interview committee chose East Grand as one of the healthiest schools in Colorado and awarded them a maximum amount of $5,000 to continue to promote a healthy school.

“We will be meeting as a health team to examine ideas of how and what we will spend the money on to help benefit the kids and the school as a healthy place to be,” Verosky said. “We want to congratulate these groups, and Kris, who knocked her socks off in her phone interview with the committee.”

Fraser Valley Elementary also has made changes to their school in order to promote a healthy environment for their students.

Fraser Valley also was awarded the maximum amount of $5,000 for their efforts in keeping their school a positive and healthy place.

Both schools will be recognized in Denver on Nov. 9 for their achievements.

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