Roseville schools start the year moving with national award

Falcon Heights Elementary School was one of three schools in the Roseville Area School District to receive the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. In the spirit of the award, back in May, students, teachers and parents walked to school as part of Bike & Walk to School Day.

Three schools in the Roseville Area School District started the school year off on the right foot, receiving national recognition for creating active school environments.

Edgerton Elementary School, Emmet D. Williams Elementary School and Falcon Heights Elementary School were named Sept. 7 as recipients of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award.

Nearly 550 schools nationally received the award while only six other Minnesota schools were recipients — the only other winner in the metro area was from the Osseo school district.

The award is a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and according to the award’s website, it’s considered “the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools”

To win the award, schools must meet benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community engagement.

Kids at Falcon Heights Elementary are familiar with ways to meet those benchmarks: Earlier this year they participated in Walk & Bike to School Day.

On May 10, nearly 600 kids, teachers, parents and school administrators walked or biked nearly a mile from a designated meet up point to the school, promoting exercise and creating safe routes to school.

Kim Kelly, Roseville Area Schools’ Statewide Health Improvement Program facilitator, said in a district release that the award helps the district move towards its goal of more active students.

“Our goal is ultimately to allow for 60 minutes of active play a day for all students,” Kelly said. “This award provides wonderful incentives as it allows recognized schools to apply for more grants as well as other monthly incentives to help purchase physical education or recess equipment.”

For winning the Let’s Move! award, the three Roseville schools will also receive a large banner and certificate marking the win, along with a congratulatory letter from the first lady.


Mike Munzenrider can be reached at or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.





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