Pagosa Springs Middle School to be recognized as 2014 Healthy School Champion


By Sara Bracken                                                                                                        Special to The PREVIEW

On April 17, the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) will recognize Pagosa Springs Middle School as a 2014 Healthy School Champion at the 2014 Legacy Summit.

“The Colorado Legacy Foundation recognizes the importance of a healthy and engaging learning environment for all students,” said Dr. Helayne Jones, president and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation. “It is our pleasure to award 42 schools who have demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement.”

Pagosa Springs Middle School received an award in the amount of $5,000 based on the results of the Healthy School Champions’ Score Card. The score card is a voluntary, online self-assessment tool designed to measure best practices in the eight coordinated school health components. The Summit is sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation and hosted in partnership with the Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Department of Education.

CLF is an independent nonprofit working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration and capacity building. CLF believes that increased student achievement for all Colorado students requires effective leaders in every school, effective educators in every classroom, and healthy and engaging environments that ignite a passion for learning in every student.