Buffalo Jones Elementary School in Garden City, Kan., beat out 200 entries and received a majority of the 129,000 total public votes to be named the winner of the first Healthy School Makeover Contest. SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched and field-tested physical education program and a division of School Specialty, awarded Buffalo Jones Elementary School with the grand prize totaling up to $45,000 in products and services from leading organizations. The contest was sponsored by SPARK, Sportime, AAHPERD/NASPE, Healthy Kids Challenge, Skillastics, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, GenMove, The First Tee, Polar, and the ANNIKA Foundation.
“I am just so thrilled for what this will mean for our kids,” said Kerri Steelman, the Buffalo Jones Elementary School teacher who nominated the school for the contest. “I’ve talked to other teachers in other districts who say the SPARK program is the best equipment, programming and training they have ever used. The kids stay engaged and enthusiastic because everybody participates. It is incredible to think that it was a nationwide competition for a single $45,000 grand prize and our school won. “
Buffalo Jones Elementary serves approximately 350 students in grades Pre-K-4. The school will now have access to products and services to help educators promote wellness and healthy habits in students to improve their health and overall educational experience. A special event will be held at the school after the winter break to allow pro golfer Annika Sorenstam to present the school with their prize.