Frisco ISD’s Pink Elementary is on a list of fewer than 500 schools nationwide honored for outstanding efforts to create an active school environment.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. It celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical education and physical activity before, during and after school each day.
“We incorporate health and wellness into so much of what we do at Pink Elementary,” said Principal Danielle Record. “We are passionate about meeting the needs of the whole child and work to support students’ physical, emotional and mental well-being, which helps them be successful in the classroom and gives them a strong foundation for the future.”
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community engagement.
Pink Elementary has a robust physical-education program and hosts a number of events and activities outside the school day to get students and staff moving.
- The Pink Pacers Run Club is an after-school program for students in grades 3-5.
- Fit Happens! is an after-school exercise program for employees held two days a week.
- The school hosts a PTA fundraising race, the Warrior Dash, each fall and a Spring Family 5K Fun Run each spring.
- The school also partners with the Pink PTA Healthy Lifestyles Committee on Walk and Bike to School days, a Pink Out walk to support breast cancer research, and Try Day Fridays, which encourage students to sample nutritious foods during lunch.
- The Pink Health Fair features exercise opportunities and health-related businesses.
Pink PE Coach JT Mistr says strong administrative support and parent and community involvement provide diverse and exciting opportunities for students and staff to prioritize their health.
“I’m in it for the kids,” he said. “There’s so much at stake. I tell my students, ‘You only have one body and you have to live in that one body for the rest of your life.’ It’s my job and my calling to get them motivated.”
Studies show exercise, proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep are must-haves for students to reach their full potential in school and life.
“Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits,” said Active Schools Executive Director Charlene Burgeson.
Pink is the only Frisco ISD school honored with the award this school year. Anderson Elementary was a 2016 winner.