Originally Published: June 13, 2018 6 a.m.
Top honors went to Coyote Springs Elementary School for improving the health and wellbeing of their students through the use of their Wildlife Habitat.
The Yavapai Healthy School Coalition (YHS), through the Yavapai County Health Department, awarded the school the Yavapai Healthy School award April 16. Coyote Springs was one of four finalists in Yavapai County to make the finalist panel, wrote Carol Lewis, county Community Health Services section manager, in her press release.
“Their innovative approach to health programs and healthy student activities is what placed them above the rest,” Lewis stated.
The school posed this question to students, “How can we, the students of CSES, use the habitat to promote wellness and prevent disease for us, our community, and our family?”
Students use the habitat and certified garden program for gardening, physical education, health education, walking programs, cooking, eating, jogging/hiking clubs, and taste testing of healthy foods. Before school ended for the year, students also helped plant fruit trees in the orchard.
“We are a school that doesn’t just talk the talk, but we walk the walk around healthy habits in our school and community,” said CSES Principal Candice Blakely-Stump.
Students and staff will receive various prizes and accolades in the coming year from this honor.
For more information about the YHS Coalition, visit yavapaihealthyschools.com.