H-E-B Announces 2013 Excellence in Education “Healthy Campus” Grant Recipients
A dozen campuses to receive $180,000 in grants
(SAN ANTONIO) — H-E-B today announced 12 recipients of its $15,000 “Healthy Campus” grants, part of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program.
For more than a decade, H-E-B has rewarded teachers, principals, superintendents and campuses for outstanding leadership and teaching through Excellence in Education. Two years ago, H-E-B added a new category to recognize campuses interested in improving the health and wellness of their school community.
This year’s 12 Healthy Campus winners will receive a three-year, $15,000 grant, to be used to enhance existing health and fitness programs or start new ones.
These schools drew up a robust plan for actively promoting H-E-B’s three pillars of health — food, body and life. Examples include a school-wide healthy eating challenge, lunchbox audits and “nutrition interventions” for students with poor eating habits, walk-a-thons and physical activity zones, planting a school vegetable garden, and abandoning cookie dough as a fundraiser in favor of granola or trail mix.
Recipients were selected by a panel of fitness and nutrition experts from The Oliver Foundation, ACTIVE Life, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The 2013 “Healthy Campus” grant recipients are:
Hemphill Elementary — Hays Independent School District, Kyle
Allison Elementary — Austin Independent School District, Austin
Glover Elementary — Fort Bend Independent School District, Missouri City
Edgewood Elementary — Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston
Atkinson Elementary — Pasadena Independent School District, Houston
Robb Elementary — Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Uvalde
St. Mary’s Catholic School — Brownsville
Lyford High School — Lyford Consolidated Independent School District, Lyford
IDEA Quest — IDEA Public Schools, McAllen
Tuscany Heights Elementary — North East Independent School District, San Antonio
Indian Springs Elementary — Comal Independent School District, San Antonio
James and Margie Marion Elementary – Allen Independent School District, Allen
About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.
With Excellence in Education, H-E-B shines a spotlight on the great things going on in Texas public schools, rewarding best practices and celebrating the passion and commitment of Texas educators.
Since its inception, H-E-B has given nearly $6 million to educators, schools, early childhood providers and districts across the state. This is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.
Founded with a mission to recognize great teaching and leadership, the program has since grown to support schools’ efforts to improve nutrition and wellness, as well as early childhood providers’ efforts to prepare children to enter school socially and academically ready to learn.
Renowned for its innovation and community service, H-E-B, with sales of more than $18 billion, operates 337 stores in Texas and Mexico. The company is recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. It strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 80,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.heb.com.