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Record Number: 9652
Displayed from: Feb 19, 2013 , until: Mar 31, 2013

Holland Elementary School has earned the Gold Award of Distinction in the HealthierUS School Challenge for establishing a healthier school environment through the promotion of nutrition and physical education.

Holland has participated in a variety of activities and healthy living initiatives in the last year, including a Dairy Carnival held last spring. With the help of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Nutrition Services Department, students participated in a variety of educational games related to health and nutrition, including Calcium Twister, Got Milk? Mustaches, Dairy Putt-Putt and Milk on the Moove.

Holland was one of two schools in Indiana this year to receive the Gold Award of Distinction, the highest designation in the program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Of the 246 schools that took the challenge in 2011-12 only 18 received Gold of Distinction.

For its efforts, Holland receives $2,000 to spend as the school chooses and will use it to purchase equipment to use on the playground or during P.E.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.