For the fifth year in a row, E. Rivers Elementary School has been designated with platinum status – the highest level – as part of the Georgia Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Governor’s Honor Roll Award program. The award recognizes outstanding health, physical education and wellness programs.
On Sept. 25, students, teachers and staff from E. Rivers were honored by Gov. Brian Kemp in recognition of September as Georgia SHAPE Month at the State Capitol building. Gov. Kemp presented E. Rivers Principal Dr. John Waller, students and staff with a proclamation to honor the monthlong designation, which includes an emphasis on fitness, nutrition and physical activity.
The Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll Award recognizes elementary, middle and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students and community.
Principal Waller couldn’t be more proud of his school receiving the award.
“We plan activities before, during, and after school that allow students to exercise and to move because we know that healthy students are often happier and more successful in school,” he said. “Our PE teachers and our PTA deserve credit for planning and executing activities such as Power Up for 30, an annual fun run, student wellness ambassadors, a community 5K, and many more active and fun events throughout the year. We are thrilled that these great programs have been recognized by the governor’s office and that our kids and community have bought into the idea of being physically fit.”
To achieve distinction as a Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll school, schools must meet several supporting documentation requirements, which include physical education and health hours, fitness assessment data, recess schedule, wellness committee, online school assessment, school success story, Power Up for 30 pledge, and a Power Up for 30 Pledge, which encourages schools to increase physical activity throughout the school day to help raise academic performance.