Go for the Gold Challenge Spotlight: Congratulations to Sherman School of Excellence!

December 28, 2012

Congratulations to Sherman School of Excellence for achieving the Silver award in the HealthierUS School Challenge! Sherman joins public schools across Chicago in meeting the challenge through Go for the Gold, a partnership of Chicago Public Schools and Healthy Schools Campaign that supports schools in meeting high standards for healthy food, physical activity and nutrition education. Sherman met the challenge with the support of Healthy Places, an initiative of Healthy Chicago.

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Photo courtesy Sherman School of Excellence's website.

For Sherman School of Excellence, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was a way to celebrate all the great strides they’ve been taking around health and wellness. 

The application process was not without its obstacles, however, said physical education instructor Harold Arnold. With limited time for PE, the school needed to find other ways to meet the challenge. Some of their key resources came from the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, which helped enhance nutrition education for Pre-K-2nd grade students through the OrganWise Guys program and for K-8th graders through the Food of the Month Program. Sherman also coordinated field trips (sponsored by Healthy Places) for all middle school students to attend workshops from the Robert Crown Center.

Arnold urges other schools to apply for the HUSSC — and stresses the importance of reaching out for support to community organizations and to other schools who’ve already applied.

Principal Brown said, “The HUSSC process has helped us strengthen and diversify our relationship with Urban Initiatives. It has also helped us build more relationships with other programs that can enhance health and wellness at Sherman.”

Sherman School of Excellence's achievement in Go for the Gold was supported by Healthy Places, an initiative of Healthy Chicago. Healthy Places is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58DP002376‐01. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors/organizers and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.