Cedarcreek Elementary wins national award for physical education

Saugus Union School District P.E. teacher on special assignment Samantha Ford starts her fifth grade students off on their activities at Highlands Elementary in Saugus on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Katharine Lotze/Signal

News release courtesy of Saugus Union School District. 

Santa Clarita, Calif. (September 11, 2017) – Saugus Union School District today announced that Cedarcreek Elementary has been recognized by Active Schools, a national movement to increase physical education and physical activity in schools, as the only Let’s Move! National Award winner in the Santa Clarita Valley. The school is one of only 452 nationwide and one of 35 in California.

“The students, faculty and administration at Cedarcreek, as well as our Physical Education Teacher on Special Assignment, Samantha Ford, worked tremendously hard to earn this honor and we are so proud of their accomplishment,” said Joan Lucid, EdD, Superintendent of the Saugus Union School District. “We highly value the importance of physical education in our district and this recognition confirms that. Congratulations to our award winning Cedarcreek School community!”

“The administrators, teachers, staff, and parents in these schools understand that physical education and physical activity are a must-have for students to reach their full potential in school and life,” said Charlene Burgeson, Active Schools Executive Director. “They use creativity and determination to overcome challenges and provide students with the movement opportunities they need and deserve. Studies show that Active Kids Do Better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits.”

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement. Honorees receive a congratulatory letter, certificate, and large display banner.

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