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“Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom” Awards for 39 BVSD schools

BOULDER, CO: On December 19, 2016, thirty-nine BVSD schools were conferred HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) awards valid December 2016-December 2020.  To acknowledge the achievement, schools receive an HUSSC: SL award plaque, certificate, and banner. Each school will be also added to the HUSSC: SL awardees list on the USDA’s Team Nutrition HUSSC: SL website.

“These awards are a recognition of the entire district's efforts to support students through healthy eating and nutrition education, as well as important physical education and physical activity,” said Chef Ann Cooper, BVSD Director of Food Services. “In order for our students to be able to thrive academically, we must first take care of their health and well-being.”

A district-wide celebration will be held Thursday, April 6 at 11:45 a.m. at Alicia Sanchez International School (655 Sir Galahad Dr., Lafayette CO 80026) to honor all 39 BVSD schools and their hard work. Media are invited to hear about the awards and take photos of the celebration.

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education Office of School Nutrition and USDA Food and Nutrition Services Mountain Plains Regional Office will present BVSD Food Services Director Chef Ann Cooper, Superintendent Pro Tem Joe Sleeper, Alicia Sanchez Principal Lora De La Cruz, Alicia Sanchez students, and other school and district staff with their awards. For more information, please contact Laura Smith at

The award winning schools are:
Alicia Sanchez International School (Silver)
Angevine Middle School (Bronze)
Arapahoe Ridge High School (Silver)
Aspen Creek K-8 School (Bronze)
Barnard Ryan Elementary School (Bronze)
Birch Elementary School (Bronze)
Boulder High School (Bronze)
Broomfield Heights Middle School (Bronze)
Casey Middle School (Bronze)
Centaurus High School (Bronze)
Centennial Middle School (Bronze)
Columbine Elementary School (Silver)
Community Montessori School (Bronze)
Creekside Elementary School (Bronze)
Crest View Elementary School (Bronze)
Douglass Elementary School (Bronze)
Eisenhower Elementary School (Bronze)
Eldorado K-8 School (Bronze)
Emerald Elementary School (Bronze)
Fairview High School (Bronze)
Fireside Elementary School (Bronze)
Flatirons Elementary School (Bronze)
Foothill Elementary School (Bronze)
Heatherwood Elementary School (Bronze)
High Peaks Elementary School/Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (Bronze)
Kohl Elementary School (Bronze)
Lafayette Elementary School (Bronze)
Louisville Elementary School (Bronze)
Manhattan School of Arts & Academics (Bronze)
Monarch K-8 School (Bronze)
Nederland Elementary School (Bronze)
Nederland Jr./Sr. High School (Bronze)
New Vista High School (Bronze)
Nevin Platt Middle School (Bronze)
Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School (Silver)
Southern Hills Middle School (Bronze)
Summit Middle Charter School (Bronze)
University Hill Elementary School (Bronze)
Whittier Elementary School (Silver)

A letter from the CDE Office of School Nutrition Program Specialist Kristi Rolfsen, MS, RD, said, “The USDA and the Colorado Department of Education Office of School Nutrition commend your school(s) for the exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to their nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance their physical activity program.“

About Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom
HUSSC: SL is a is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. The HUSSC: SL, established by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, recognizes schools that take specific steps to improve their school nutrition environment and address childhood obesity. The challenge encourages schools to take a leadership role in helping students make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Among the criteria for certification, schools must offer healthy meals and snacks, nutrition education, and physical activity. Learn more about the Challenge at

About BVSD School Food Project
At the School Food Project, we believe that for kids to learn, think and be the best they can be, they have to eat well. Because of this, we are dedicated to improving the health of each student by providing healthy food and offering nutrition education programs to grow young bodies and minds. We serve fresh and nutritious food every day. This amounts to nearly 13,000 scratch-cooked meals each day! We use locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible, and we avoid highly processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, dyes and food additives. Salad bars are offered daily at every school and are stocked with fresh, delicious and when possible, local farm fresh produce.

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