Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week that a number of Cherokee schools were awarded medals in the 2012-2013 Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll program. The program began last year as a way to promote an initiative calling on teachers, schools and students to help combat childhood obesity.
The Honor Roll challenges schools to make improvements based on three main criteria: physical activity, nutrition and wellness. These schools met benchmark measurements in these categories, earning them a medal.
Statewide, 51 schools received gold medals, 41 schools earned a silver medal and 15 were awarded a bronze medal.
Cherokee schools earning medals included:
Holly Springs Elementary
Indian Knoll Elementary
Joseph Knox Elementary
ET Booth Middle School
Mill Creek Middle School
Woodstock Middle School
Ball Ground Elementary STEM Academy
Clark Creek STEM Academy
Hickory Flat Elementary
Kleven Boston Elementary
Oak Grove Elementary Fine Arts Academy
Creekland Middle School
Dean Rusk Middle School
Freedom Middle School
Cherokee High School
Etowah High School
“I would like to thank the families, faculty and staff for their continued commitment to promoting an active lifestyle among students,” said Deal in a press release. “We are seeing signs of improvement as the SHAPE program continues to grow, but there is still much work to be done.”