Anderson Elementary School

Anderson Elementary Named Recipient of National Award

Nov 03, 2016

Frisco ISD's Anderson Elementary was recently named a 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award recipient for their outstanding efforts in creating 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. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school each day. It is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

“I applaud these schools for creating Active School environments that are inspiring students to be more engaged learners and ensuring that physical education and physical activity continue to be an important part of every child's educational experience,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a press release.

Anderson is one of 544 schools in the country and one of 72 in Texas to earn this achievement. To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must meet significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community engagement.

Powered by a national collaborative of health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools is dedicated to ensuring at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools across the country. All partners work together through the collective impact framework to equip schools with physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development and activation grants that help create Active School environments. Physical activity has been linked to improving attendance, behavior in class, achievement on tests, leadership skills and healthy habits.

Anderson will receive a large display banner, a certificate and a letter from Mrs. Obama.

Since its February 2013 launch, more than 20,000 schools in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have enrolled in Let’s Move! Active Schools and has reached more than 11 million students.

“We have a very strong P.E. team at Anderson Elementary," said Principal Monica Jackson. "Coaches Lynell Addis, Denise Butterly and Holly Peters promote physical activity and healthy eating in a variety of instructional lessons and special programs. Coach Addis’ perpetual motion is not just in physical activity. She unceasingly advocates for our students by researching grants, programs and resources to keep our students engaged. In addition, our Anderson families support and participate in many of our healthy events.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon added his support and congratulations to Anderson Elementary on their award.

“I am very proud of what Anderson Elementary has learned and accomplished as the faculty and students have worked to make nutrition and physical activity part of their every day mission," he said. "Anderson has led the way for many of our other campuses to strive for healthy school status and to be active. Science indicates that active students are healthier in body and mind and we at Frisco ISD want that for all students.”

Anderson is also considered an Alumni Healthy Zone School, a program promoted by the Cooper Institute and the United Way Metropolitan Dallas.

Other FISD campuses currently involved in the Healthy Zone Schools program at some level include: Boals, Carroll, Mooneyham, Ogle, Tadlock, Ashley, Curtsinger, Elliott, Isbell, Phillips, Purefoy, Bledsoe, Corbell, Pink, Fisher, Nichols, Riddle, Rogers, Borchardt and Taylor elementary schools; Maus, Griffin, Scoggins, Staley and Wester middle schools; and Wakeland High School.