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100 percent of eligible McAllen ISD schools recognized among ‘America’s Healthiest Schools’


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Since 2014, McAllen ISD has been a national leader in gearing its students toward healthy living and wellness habits. 

The 2020 list of America’s Healthiest Schools includes 17 from McAllen ISD. They are recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG). AHG gives awards on a Gold, Silver and Bronze level. All 17 schools from McAllen ISD earned Silver.

The recognition runs on a two-year cycle. Therefore, with the schools on the list from last year included, McAllen ISD has all 30 of its eligible campuses listed among America’s Healthiest. 

“Our schools that applied for the AHG awards last year were all successful,” McAllen ISD Health & PE Coordinator Mario Reyna said. “Therefore – for seven consecutive years, our district can say we have 100 percent of our schools on ‘America’s Healthiest Schools’ list.” 

During an online presentation to the district’s Physical Education Coaches, Laurie Stradley, Chief Program Officer for AHG, pointed out that McAllen ISD continues to shine as a national beacon. 

“McAllen ISD performs an average of 33 percent better than all other districts,” Stradley said. “You all have shown improvement in every single topic area (since the partnership began in 2014). It’s really just incredible work that you’ve done. You never give up. You improve every year.”

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The AHG’s six topic areas of measurement include Policy & Environment, Nutrition Services, Smart Snacks, Health & Physical Education, Physical Activity and Employee Wellness. 

The 17 schools on this year’s list include:

  • Brown Middle School             Silver
  • Cathey Middle School              Silver
  • De Leon Middle School          Silver
  • Fossum Middle School           Silver
  • Travis Middle School              Silver
  • Alvarez Elementary                 Silver
  • Bonham Elementary                Silver
  • Castaneda Elementary             Silver
  • Escandon Elementary              Silver
  • Garza Elementary                   Silver
  • Hendricks Elementary             Silver
  • Jackson Elementary                Silver
  • McAuliffe Elementary             Silver
  • Rayburn Elementary               Silver
  • Sanchez Elementary               Silver
  • Seguin Elementary                 Silver
  • Wilson Elementary                 Silver

In 2019, the following McAllen ISD schools were honored:

  • Fields Elementary                                          Silver
  • Gonzalez Elementary                                     Bronze
  • Milam Elementary                                          Silver
  • Perez Elementary                                           Silver
  • Roosevelt Elementary                                     Silver
  • Sam Houston Elementary                               Silver
  • Thigpen-Zavala Elementary                            Silver  
  • Wilson Elementary                                         Bronze
  • Morris Middle School                                     Silver
  • Achieve Early College High School               Bronze 
  • Lamar Academy                                             Bronze
  • McAllen High School                                      Bronze
  • Memorial High School                                    Bronze
  • Rowe High School                                           Bronze

Wilson Elementary is on both lists because the school decided to re-apply last year and went from Bronze to Silver. 

In addition to the help from PE Coaches, the district’s Child Nutrition Services has contributed by serving healthy meals to students. McAllen ISD students receive free breakfast and lunch each school day. In fact, McAllen ISD Child Nutrition served as a presenter on an AHG national webinar in 2018. 

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