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2011 Excellence in School Wellness awards

2011 Excellence in School Wellness awards

PS 72, Bronx, knows how to eat healthy. Miller Photography

PS 72, Bronx, knows how to eat healthy. Just ask (clockwise from top left) physical education teacher Lauren Sichler, parent coordinator Veronica Brugman, parent Evelyn Ortiz and her daughter, Emillyan. More photos >>

Scores of New York City elementary schools are focusing on making their students healthy as well as on making them wise. Ceremonies were held on June 17, 21 and 22 to honor those Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan schools that applied for the 2011 Excellence in School Wellness Award and won awards for their efforts. These schools — in areas that have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease than the rest of the city — were acknowledged by the New York City Strategic Alliance for Health for providing children with a foundation of healthy habits that, hopefully, will follow them into adulthood. 

The schools were required to provide and document nutritional, physical and wellness activities as part of a healthy school environment also designed to improve academic achievement. 

A number of schools have received this award for the second year in a row. The Sheridan Academy for Young Learners in the Bronx, for example, moved from a third-place bronze award last year to a first-place gold award this year.

Award recipients


Gold winners: PS 55, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School; PS 23, The New Children's School; PS 85, Great Expectations; PS 385, Performance School; Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School; Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders; PS 69, New Vision School; Mott Haven Academy Charter School; Icahn Charter School 4.

Silver winners: PS 43, Jonas Bronck Elementary School ; PS 130, The Abram Stevens Hewitt School; PS 6, The West Farms Public School.

Bronze winners: PS 32, The Belmont School; PS 132, Garrett A. Morgan Elementary School; PS 88, The Sidney Silverstein Little Sparrow School; PS 28, The Mount Hope School; PS 72, Dr. William Dorney.

Honorable mention: PS 103, Hector Fontanez; PS 333, The Museum School; PS 8, The Issac Varian School; PS 64, Pura Belpre; PS/MS 95, The Sheila Mencher Van Cortlandt School; PS 1, Courtlandt School.

Bronx winners of Excellence in School Wellness awards.Miller PhotographyThe Bronx winners.


Gold winners: CS 154, Harriet Tubman Learning Center; PS 102, Jacques Cartier School; PS 206, Jose Celso Barbosa; PS 83, Luis Munoz Rivera; PS 180, Hugo Newman College Preparatory School; PS/MS 57, James Weldon Johnson Leadership Academy; Central Park East, II; PS 146, Anna M. Short.

Silver winners: DREAM Charter School; PS 128, The Audubon School; PS 132, The Juan Pablo Duarte School; PS 182, The Bilingual Bicultural School.

Bronze winners: PS 152, The Dyckman Valley School; PS 72, Lexington Academy.

Manhattan winners of Excellence in School Wellness awards.Miller PhotographyThe Manhattan winners.


Gold winners: PS 89, Cypress Hills Community School.

Silver winners: PS 65, Little Red School House; PS 123, The Suydam School; PS 249, Caton School; PS 145, The Andrew Jackson School.

Bronze winners: PS 149, The Danny Kaye School; The Brooklyn Brownstone School; PS 25, Eubie Blake School.

Honorable mention: PS 214, The Michael Friedsam School; PS 157, The Benjamin Franklin School; PS 178; Brighter Choice Community School; PS 86, The Irvington School; The Bedford Village School.

Brooklyn winners of Excellence in School Wellness awards.Miller PhotographyThe Brooklyn winners.

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