According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation three schools in the state of Washington created a culture of health for students: R. A. Long High School, Mark Morris High School and Olympic Elementary.
Creating a culture of health in schools is more than serving nutritious food. A healthy culture means healthy food, exercise, community involvement and a focus on both students and staff members.
The result of a healthy school culture is students performing better on tests, getting better grades, attending school more often and behaving better in class.
A spokesperson for the Alliance of a Healthier Generation, Megan Walcek, said this is the second time Mark Morris made the national list and the first time for Olympic and R.A. Long.
“Achieving recognition of any level is quite prestigious, as the framework criteria is rigorous and detailed. Since 2007, the year we started giving awards, only 2,880 schools nationwide have received this honor,” Walcek said.
A healthy culture supports achievement. Preliminary graduation rates for 2018 show 96.3 percent of R. A. Long seniors graduated, 89.3 percent at Mark Morris High School and 61 percent at Discovery High School.
Overall, Longview Public Schools preliminary graduation rate for 2018 finished at 88.1 percent.