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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

O'Rourke receives White House recognition

Posted by Comm. Dept. in Schools  |  Comments (6)

Left to right, O'Rourke cafeteria and PE staff-Christina Grandquest, Tina Smith, Sandra Jeter, Harriet Stacey, Ken Pruna (PE), Cheryl Chapman, Rhonda Turner, Patricia Tapper, Terrecia Heubach, Teriline Johnson.

O’Rourke Elementary School was recognized for achieving the Silver level of the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC). The Department of Agriculture (USDA) applauds the efforts of O’Rourke Elementary for creating an environment that helps children learn about healthy food choices and be physically active.  HUSSC schools are part of the First Lady Michelle Obama's movement to help combat childhood obesity. In celebration of the role that O’Rourke Elementary played in helping reach the First Lady’s first year goal for expanding the number of HUSSC schools, USDA invited a representative from each school (principal and Child Nutrition Program(CNP) manager) who was officially recognized as a HUSSC school by June 30, 2011 to participate in a Healthier US School Challenge Celebration at the White House on October 17, 2011.

Ms. Cheryl Chapman, principal of O’Rourke Elementary along with Peggy Savell (CNP manager at time of application for award), Mrs. Dinish Simpson, CFO Mobile County Public Schools and Suzanne Yates, CNP Food Service Director attended the reception in Washington DC.

O’Rourke is the first school to achieve this recognition in Mobile County. To qualivy for recognition, the school changed its menus to meet the criteria set by USDA.   The changes in the menu included serving a whole grain with each lunch meal; a minimum of 3 different dark green or deep orange vegetables each week; a different vegetable each day; a different fruit each day with two of the fruits being fresh and only 1% and fat free plain and flavored milk. The menus also monitored the amount of sodium, fat, and calories of each meal. In addition to the menu changes, a certain amount of time dedicated to physical and nutrition education was required (this is already part of the curriculum). 

The school received a banner displaying its Silver HUSSC status and CNP received $1000 to be used toward nutrition education within O'Rourke Elementary.

Eight more Mobile County Public schools are in the process of applying for HUSSC recognition.  Congratulations O'Rourke on setting an important high standard on good health for students.

Comments on "O'Rourke receives White House recognition"

12/1/2011 10:40:17 AM CST

1. Angela Messick Jennings said...

Congrats! We love O'Rourke! So proud of our school, teachers, staff, parents and students.

11/23/2011 2:21:46 PM CST

2. Freda said...


11/16/2011 8:43:52 AM CST

3. Pam Adams said...

Congratulations!  Castlen salutes O'Rourke for your efforts to make good nutrition a priority for students.

11/14/2011 8:36:09 AM CST

4. Toni Fechter said...

Congratulations O'Rourke!!!

11/11/2011 7:32:14 PM CST

5. a teacher said...

What innovation to use the cafeteria an PE for the betterment of our children. Congratulations on the recognition.

11/10/2011 12:20:08 PM CST

6. Susan Robertson said...

Congratulations on the national recognition O'Rourke has received for helping children learn about healthy food choices and the benefits of being physically active.  Thank you for your commitment to meeting the needs of our students.


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