Mayor's Healthiest School Awards
September 20, 2019
Two Pflugerville ISD schools were recognized by the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council last week at the council’s annual awards ceremony. The district also was honored as one of the healthiest workplaces.
Highland Park Elementary and Parmer Lane Elementary each received Mayor’s Healthiest School Awards and mini-grants to go toward the physical education programs at the schools to help promote healthy and active lifestyles among their students. Murchison Elementary received an honorable mention for healthiest schools.
The District also was honored among the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplaces as a silver level awardee.
In addition to the honors received by Highland Park, Parmer Lane and Murchison, a total of 12 schools earned an MFHC Exemplary Rating for the 2018-19 school year. Those schools were: Caldwell Elementary, Dearing Elementary, Delco Primary (now Elementary), Highland Park Elementary, Mott Elementary, Murchison Elementary, Parmer Lane Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Rowe Lane Elementary, Wieland Elementary, Cele Middle School and Dessau Middle School.
“Our vision in PfISD is passionately serving the best interests of students and part of that is teaching the whole child,” said PfISD Superintendent Dr. Douglas Killian. “Teaching them the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle now helps set a precedent for them moving forward. I’m proud of the efforts of all our physical education teachers in this district to make a commitment to promoting health and fitness to our students.”
Austin Mayor Steve Adler started the MHFC in 2004 and began the Mayor’s Healthiest Schools and Mayor’s Healthiest Workplaces awards in 2017.
PfISD has been among the leaders all three years of the program with Murchison among the three grant winners for the elementary level each of the first two years. Now this year, Highland Park and Parmer Lane give PfISD two of the three elementary grant winners.
Winning schools receive a $1,000 mini-grant to support their efforts toward health and wellness initiatives on campus and a commemorative banner to display.