All 73 schools in the Howard County Public School System have been awarded a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze level from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Maryland State Department of Education announced Friday.
The award from USDA is given to schools that have improved the health of students and the community through school nutrition programs, physical education and physical activity, according to a MSDE release.
The system is one of four in the state with HealthierUS schools, and the only one in Maryland to have all of its schools receive the honor.
The award is sponsored by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, and is a voluntary national certification for schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program, according to MSDE’s release, and supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.
Each county school will receive a plaque, a banner and a $500 award.