McAllen ISD is receiving recognition for its attention to fitness and health with the recent awarding of a state award from It’s Time Texas Community Challenge.
For the second straight year, the district finished first in the Medium School District category across the state in the annual health challenge.
McAllen ISD earned nearly 2.4 million points. In addition, the City of McAllen was also recognized after it took first in its category (Large Community) for the fifth straight year. The city earned more than 3.76 million points.
Several McAllen ISD educators finished in the top 10 for both the city and the district. They include Karen Teverovsky, Erick Morin and Tony Harris (all of I&G Center); and Melissa Leal and Angelica Cazares (both of Sanchez Elementary).
The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is a statewide effort to improve health and wellness by pitting communities and school districts against each other in a friendly competition. Participating entities earn points through exercise and healthy eating. The ultimate goal is to instill healthy living habits in state citizens. Nearly 300 communities across Texas participated in this year’s challenge.
Signees to the campaign could accumulate points simultaneously for their school, school district and city.
“McAllen ISD’s focus is not just on the academic side of students but the physical, social and emotional side as well,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez. “Our parents, teachers and staff all came together to participate in this worthwhile campaign.”