Integrated Arts Academy Receives National Award
Burlington, Vermont – Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, recently honored the Integrated Arts Academy with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, for its outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.
The Integrated Arts Academy has increased opportunities for physical activity before school, during the school day and after school. They provide students an opportunity to move before school with the Move it! Move it! Program. In addition to a comprehensive physical education program, classroom teachers use movement throughout their day with various brain breaks, including GoNoodle and Brain Dances. After school, students are encouraged to move with additional clubs including the RunVermont MiniMilers Program and the Boys' and Girls' Club.
Principal Bobby Riley commended the efforts by saying, “Healthy, active bodies develop healthy, active minds. We have seen the connection between social emotional well being, academic improvement and physical activity. As with the arts, increased physical activity readies students to take safe risks in school, builds confidence and deepens community bonds. We are so proud of the work of our staff and countless volunteers who have contributed to the success of this movement. They have gone above and beyond and it is translating into success for our children and families.”
As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, the Integrated Arts Academy received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady.
A big shout out of thanks to Ms. V., Nurse Mongeon, Cara Crebs Gleason, and Sarah Felson for keeping our kids moving, and to all of our teachers for supporting this important and healthy initiative!