Six East Ramapo campuses named “America’s Healthiest Schools”
Six East Ramapo Central School District schools are among the 518 schools nationwide to earn a spot on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2020 list of America’s Healthiest Schools. They are the also the only schools from New York State to have received this recognition.
Chestnut Ridge, Kakiat, Lime Kiln, Ramapo High School, Spring Valley High School, and Summit Park are proud to be among the list of schools nationwide which earned this honor for prioritizing nutrition, regular physical activity, and strong wellness policies. Since 2015, as part of the NYS Dept of Health’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant, the wellness team leaders and principals from these East Ramapo schools have collaborated to increase access to physical activity and healthy nutrition through policy and practices.
These six East Ramapo Schools were evaluated on practices taking place prior to the COVID-19 school closures, they leveraged their strong foundations in wellness and were positioned to prioritize healthy habits throughout the pandemic. Promoting exercise and good health were demonstrated in a myriad of ways, i.e. Chestnut Ridge’s walking club, Kakiat’s active recess activities, Ramapo’s walking trail and course fitness stations, and Summit Park’s updated playground equipment.
”We have displayed incredible work, dedication, and perseverance in pursuit of wellness,” said Stephanie Brown, Lime Kiln Intermediate School, Physical Education Teacher. “It took a vibrant, engaged school community to create environments where our students can thrive. We can happily say that Lime Kiln Intermediate School has increased the percentage of students who demonstrate knowledge of healthy food choices, exercise, personal care, and/or routines that support overall health.”
According to Ms. Brown, participation in physical education and “The Daily Mile” run helped Lime Kiln students demonstrate physical proficiency so that they become young adults who value the importance of exercise. Teachers and staff have also engaged in wellness initiatives to better support their personal wellness and demonstrate a respectable example for their students.
"It's the mission of our school to ensure our students are healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged,” stated Spring Valley High School Principal Karen Pinel. “This award is a testament to the efforts of our Wellness Team in making sure we are recognized for our efforts. I congratulate our entire school community for working together to make it happen."