Superintendent Johnson honors thirteen Boston schools for excellence in student health and wellness

Excellence in School Wellness Awards presented at 6th Annual Boston Public Schools Wellness Summit
Contact Information: BPS Communications Office 617-635-9265, communications@bostonpublicschools.org
April 26, 2013

BOSTON —Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol R. Johnson today honored 13 schools for innovations in promoting student health and wellness. Dr. Johnson presented the “Excellence in School Wellness” awards, which included a cash prize, at the 6th Annual BPS Wellness Summit.

“Collectively, these schools demonstrated innovative efforts in creating connections to improve the school environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Dr. Johnson. “For a school to be successful in its mission to provide an education for all students, it must prioritize their physical, mental, and emotional health.”

Winners of the 2013 Excellence in School Wellness Awards are:

  • Boston Latin School, Boston
  • Brighton High School, Brighton
  • English High School, Jamaica Plain
  • Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury
  • James P. Timilty Middle School, Roxbury
  • John W. McCormack Middle School, Dorchester
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary, Jamaica Plain
  • Josiah Quincy Elementary, Boston
  • Joseph P. Manning Elementary, Jamaica Plain
  • Richard J. Murphy K-8, Dorchester
  • Thomas A. Edison K-8, Brighton
  • William E. Russell Elementary, Dorchester
  • William Monroe Trotter Elementary, Dorchester

Dr. Johnson acknowledged the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester for being eligible and applying for national recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Fourteen Boston schools have earned this distinction in previous years. In addition, Boston Latin School was recognized as being one of four state finalists for the Green Ribbon Award recognition by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school district also presented three community organizations with an award. Both Boston Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s received an Excellence in School Wellness Partner award for their valuable contributions toward improving the health and wellness of BPS students. The Boston Schoolyard Initiative received an Excellence in School Wellness Lifetime Achievement Award for the organization’s longstanding work to create healthy school environments.

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