Anson Elementary has earned the prestigious Healthier US Schools Challenge (HUSSC) Gold Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the quality of its school meals and physical education for students.
Anson will receive a $1,500 prize, an award plaque signed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and a banner to display in the school.
The school meets strict USDA HUSSC Gold guidelines that include a requirement that 100 percent of grains offered weekly are whole grain-rich, and different fruits are offered each week, three of which are served fresh. For the gold award, elementary schools are required to offer a minimum average of 90 minutes of physical education each week. Elementary schools must also offer nutrition education in all grade levels.
A special award celebration is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 22 in the MHS/Community Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.