Kearney Public Schools has been selected as a first place winner in the 19th annual Magna Awards program, recognizing the district's programs that aim to advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
KPS is being honored for their wellness program that has reduced the obesity rate among its grade school students by 13 percent. The program's goal was to increase physical activity and healthy eating among students.
Efforts made by the district to encourage healthful living includes: emphasizing lifelong fitness and enjoying physical activity rather than team sports and competition; they removed classroom snacks, food rewards, and food-based fundraising efforts; as well as encouraging families to exercise together through community initiatives.
The award is sponsored by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) American School Board Journal.
This year's three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.