McAllen Independent School District Recognized as Let’s Move! Active Schools Trailblazer

McAllen, TX | News Story

Let’s Move! Active Schools recognized McAllen Independent School District (ISD) for its outstanding, sweeping efforts in creating Active School environments.

McAllen ISD is the first U.S. school district to reach 100 percent National Recognition, meaning that each eligible learning site earned a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition award. Each of its 32 schools was honored with the award on September 4.

“McAllen’s [ISD] all-inclusive approach to getting kids moving and to building a healthier future for its students is exemplary,” applauded Anthony Robles, President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition member and NCAA wrestling champion. “Let’s Move! Active Schools is about all of us coming together to make schools the hub for physical activity and physical education, and McAllen rose to the challenge, involving not only district leaders, principals and teachers, but the entire community.”

Studies show that active kids do better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class and lower rates of childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-aged youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

“In McAllen ISD, we believe in educating the whole child. Academics are certainly very important, but we also emphasize good health, good nutrition and teaching children the life skills they need to lead successful, healthy and productive lives,” said James Ponce, Ed.D. McAllen ISD Superintendent.

Powered by a national collaboration of leading health and education organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools streamlines the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities, and delivers a customized action plan – making it simple for teachers and strategic for administrators. Ultimately, Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture in which physical activity and physical education are foundational to academic success.

At the launch of Let’s Move! Active Schools, First Lady Michelle Obama shared, “When kids have early, positive experiences with physical activity, it sets them on the course for life, shaping their habits not just when they’re young, but as adults, as well. And once we’ve gotten our kids excited about being active, then we need to give them opportunities to be active every day, throughout the day.”

The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition award celebrates a school’s commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of physical activity before, during and after the school day. To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition 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.

Congratulations to the following McAllen ISD 2014 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award winners:

  • Achieve Early College High School

  • Alonzo De Leon Middle School

  • Andrew Jackson Elementary School

  • Ben Milam Elementary School

  • Blanca E Sanchez Elementary School

  • Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

  • Dorothea Brown Middle School

  • Dr. R D Cathey Middle School

  • Dr. Carlos Castaneda Elementary School

  • Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary School

  • Francisca Alvarez Elementary School

  • Homer J Morris Middle School

  • James Bonham Elementary School

  • James Nikki Rowe High School

  • Jose A Navarro Elementary School

  • Jose De Escandon Elementary School

  • Juan Seguin Elementary School

  • Lamar Academy

  • Leonelo H Gonzalez Elementary School

  • Lincoln Middle School

  • Lucile M Hendricks Elementary School

  • McAllen High School

  • Memorial High School

  • Michael E Fossom Middle School

  • Reynaldo G Garza Elementary School

  • Sam Houston Elementary School

  • Sam Rayburn Elementary School

  • Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

  • Thigpen-Zavala Elementary School

  • Victor Fields Elementary School

  • William B Travis Middle School

  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School