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DOBSON — Pilot Mountain Elementary and Rockford Elementary schools are set to be recognized at the county Board of Education’s August 4 regular meeting for receiving the Zone Health Award. The meeting agenda indicates it will begin with a closed session at 5 p.m. and is set to meet in open session at 6 p.m.

The schools have each received $1,000 for reaching a high standard of excellence in student wellness and obesity prevention. The funds have been tentatively earmarked to purchase equipment and supplies for school gardens. Zone Health is a school obesity prevention program focused on making healthy changes to the cultural environment in the school.

The effort is through a partnership between the County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and Prevention Partners and the Zone program which began in 2010. Zone Health’s approach is used by more than 90 school districts. One component of it is using school health and wellness teams use the program’s guidelines to model healthy behavior such as eating healthy meals and snacks, taking physical activity breaks and health education.

Franklin Elementary won the first such award in the 2011-2012 school year and Shoals, Westfield and Copeland have also won this award.

The board is also scheduled to receive an overview of the system’s summer reading camp/ K-3 literacy efforts. The effort is an outgrowth of The Read To Achieve Legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly on July 1, 2013. Educators have worked to understand and implement the legislation through the 2013-2014 school year and are using the MClass/Reading 3D assessment and reporting system to help students improve reading skills.

The board may also be asked to consider supporting a resolution by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) to support a public relations campaign to build support for public schools. The proposed, year-long campaign’s slogan will be “North Carolina Public Schools: Every Child’s Chance…Every Community’s Future.”

The effort’s goals include creating an understanding that “public education supports the financial health of North Carolina, defeat the myth that public schools are broken and that public schools are the best choice for state students and their families.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.

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