“We empower our teachers to make a measurable cultural shift and impact the lives of their students and themselves by implementing health and wellness efforts. We know that if we let them innovate and create, great things happen.”
– Ed Longfield, superintendent, Manitou Springs School District 14
Every year, CEI’s Healthy School Champions Program recognizes Colorado schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts. CEI singles out schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness programs that support student learning.
In 2017, 46 Colorado schools were award winners. They demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement.
The program has granted more than $300,000 in awards over the past six years. With the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, schools have received awards ranging from $300 to $7,500 per school. In 2017, Manitou Springs School District 14 was recognized with the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness for embedding health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies and instructional model.