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Mannsdale
OceanSprings
Oxford

2018 winners

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Purpose

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthy School Awards recognizes and rewards public schools with health policies and programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness, tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, and parental and community involvement. The criteria for this award are based on state and national school health standards.

The goal of these awards is to motivate Mississippi schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments. Healthy schools help students achieve full academic potential and support them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. The Healthy School Awards will assist school leaders in their efforts to make their schools, and ultimately our state, a healthier place to live.

Award Categories

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation invites all K-12 public schools to apply for the Healthy School Awards. If your school is one that promotes health, you are eligible to be recognized and rewarded for your efforts in establishing a healthy school environment.

A school from each of these three categories will receive a $25,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation:

Category 1: 900 or more students
Category 2: 501-899 students
Category 3: 500 or fewer students

One school will be designated as the "Healthiest School in Mississippi" and will be awarded a $50,000 grant. A school of any size may receive this designation.

Eligibility of Winning Schools

The Healthy School Awards is open to public K-12 schools physically located in Mississippi. The Healthy School Awards is a school-level recognition award. School districts are not eligible to apply.

Schools receiving the “Healthiest School” award designation are ineligible to submit an award application for three years following their award year. Schools receiving the “Healthy School” award may submit an application, but will only be eligible for the “Healthiest School” award for a three year period. If a “Healthy School” award winner does not win a “Healthiest School” award within the three year period, the school is again eligible for the “Healthy School” award.

Application and Selection

The application should be completed by the School Health Council. The school Principal and the Superintendent must attest to the best of their knowledge the accuracy of the Healthy School Awards application and approve its submission to the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Many schools may not meet all the criteria or have all the policies in place that the application suggests. However, the winning schools will be those that have made the most strides in creating a healthy school environment and demonstrated the highest level of commitment to a healthy school culture.

Many schools may not meet all the criteria or have all the policies in place that the application suggests. However, the winning schools will be those that have made the most strides in creating a healthy school environment and demonstrated the highest level of commitment to a healthy school culture.

Award Restrictions

The award may only be used to improve a school’s health and wellness efforts, not to fund existing or new athletic programs or teams. The recipient schools and the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will complete a standard grant award contract. The school award will be used for, and only for, the purpose and manner described in this application unless prior approval is given by the Foundation. The plan of expenditure must be approved by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and cannot be used to fund grant programs currently funded by the Foundation or in conjunction with awards funded by other entities.

Recognition

To recognize the winning schools, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation provides the following:

  1. Congratulatory ad in the local newspaper and statewide publications

  2. Framed certificate and a banner for display at their school.

  3. Promotion of the winning schools on the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation website