Orchard Park Elementary School Wins Project 18 Challenge
Peyton Manning surprised the Orchard Park Elementary School student body Friday, May 4, by announcing the school as the winner of the Project 18 Statewide School Health and Wellness Challenge during a special assembly. In addition to the visit from Manning, Orchard Park Elementary School received $2,500 toward the school’s health and wellness programs.
Orchard Park Elementary School was selected as this year’s Project 18 winner because of their dedication to improving the health and wellness of its students, faculty and community. The elementary school went beyond teaching the 18-week curriculum provided to all Project 18 registered schools. The students developed a healthy cookbook entitled “My Plate, My Choices.” The school hosted a health fair for students and their families, and throughout the year raised $25,000 for a walking track to promote physical activity. Orchard Park Elementary School also incorporated healthier menu options in the cafeteria.
“After going through the 18-week Project 18 curriculum, students improved their overall knowledge of health and wellness by 24 percent,” said Rhonda Turner, principal of Orchard Park Elementary School. “Not only have the children improved their overall knowledge of health and wellness, the number of students requesting more fruits and vegetables during lunch has increased too.”
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