Nearly two dozen public schools across South Carolina have achieved designation as “America’s Healthiest Schools” status.
The designation is from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Alliance CEO Howell Wechsler told South Carolina Radio Network that the schools must meet a panel of strict criteria to earn the status.
He said this year only 300 schools reached those criteria. “The standards are very, very rigorous,” Wechsler said. “And I am excited to tell you that this year out of only 328 schools across the country that met the standard, we’re honoring twenty South Carolina schools.”
The schools must meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program that include: serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.
“If they want the kids to learn, they got to have the kids healthy,” said Wechsler. “Healthy kids are better learners. They get better grades, they do better on tests, they have better attendance, they have better classroom behavior.”
The South Carolina schools to earn the designation are:
Brockman Elementary School, Columbia
Carver-Lyon Elementary School, Columbia
Columbia High School, Columbia
Cowpens Elementary School, Cowpens
Dreher High School, Columbia
E E Taylor Elementary School, Columbia
Gadsden Elementary School, Gadsden
Horrell Hill Elementary School, Hopkins
La France Elementary School, La France
Liberty High School, Liberty
Newberry Elementary School, Newberry
Pendleton Elementary School, Pendleton
Pendleton High School, Pendleton
Pine Grove Elementary School, Columbia
Riverside Middle School, Pendleton
Sangaree Elementary School, Summerville
Southside Middle School, Florence
Sullivans Island Elem School, Sullivans
Townville Elementary School, Townville
“These schools and their leaders have proven that they are the real deal. They are doing so much for our kids,” Wechsler said.