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East Ramapo Schools Win Healthier US Schools Challenge

Eight East Ramapo Central School District schools have earned awards from USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services for meeting USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) school meal criteria. They are the only schools in Rockland County to receive these awards this year, the final year of the program. The awards were presented and celebrated at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Congratulations to the following schools:

Chestnut Ridge Middle School– Silver Award
Early Childhood Center – Bronze Award
Eldorado Elementary School– Bronze Award
Lime Kiln Elementary School– Bronze Award
Margetts Elementary School – Bronze Award
Pomona Middle School – Bronze Award
Ramapo High School – Bronze Award
Spring Valley High School – Silver Award

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About the HUSSC Awards

HUSSC awards are given to schools that take specific steps to improve their programs and address childhood obesity.  Schools must apply for the honor and are selected based on a rigorous set of criteria related to nutrition and physical activity.  The Bronze Award includes a monetary prize of $500.00 and the Silver Award includes a monetary prize of $1000.00.

The HUSSC is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. 

Among the criteria that these schools had to meet in order to earn the award were:

  • provide nutrition education to students
  • provide students the opportunity for physical activity
  • maintain an Average Daily Participation of school enrollment for reimbursable lunches of at least 60 percent for Silver awards
  • adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program

This achievement is significant because obesity is a growing concern for school children in the United States.  Recognizing that schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other institution, USDA encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices that will last a lifetime.

The HUSSC award program came to a completion in December 31, 2018, and is no longer accepting applications. The wonderful schools recognized represent some of the last schools that were. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to support the school nutrition programs around the country with amazing resources and grants through the nutrition assistance programs and Team Nutrition initiative.