Last evening at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the Hall County School District received the “All-Star School District Award,” which was one of three state school district awards presented at the 2016 Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards. Jake Weiers, HCSD Wellness Facilitator, received the award on behalf of the district He expressed thanks to his wellness champions at each of our schools, along with our Board of Education and Superintendent Will Schofield: “We have come a long way over the past six years. This award is a reflection of our champions, a true district award. I am so proud to be associated with Hall County, and all the wonderful people that I work with.”
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald of GA Department of Public Health, who serve as Co-Chairs of the event, made the award presentations.
In his remarks, Lt. Governor Cagle said,
“It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many individuals across our state, Georgia has made great strides in improving the lives of our next generation. Day in and day out, parents, teachers, business and community leaders and volunteers dedicate their lives to serving
others….It is our honor to celebrate with you and recognize your contributions, which have changed lives of countless Georgia Children”
The Healthy Georgia Awards were presented in three categories: Non-Profits, Business/Community, and School Districts. In addition, within each category, three awards—Innovation / All-Star / Legacy–were presented to recognize specific levels of achievement:
- Innovation Award winners are revolutionaries and groundbreakers who achieve impact through creative thought and outside the box action. Championing for health and wellness within their own communities, they aim to transform traditional methods, perspectives and approaches while celebrating diversity.
- All-Star Award winners recognize the acclaimed organizations working at forefront of Georgia’s health and wellness movement. They are celebrated figures noted for their advocacy and extreme accomplishments within the public-realm. Revered leaders among the community at large, there are multiple partnerships with measure impact of programming.
- The Legacy Award celebrates people of enduring impact whose robust efforts have helped to shape the landscape of health, nutrition and safety in Georgia. They are community role models, respected leaders and key stakeholders dedicated to cultivating a climate of continual growth and advancement within the arena of health and wellness through helping others and implementing best practices for others to flourish.
The other two school district award winners were Atlanta Public Schools, which was selected as the Innovation Award winner, and Carrolton City Schools, which was honored as the Legacy Award winner.
Photo ID: L-R Tom Adam, Spout Springs PE Instructor and National Alliance Ambassador; Gordon Higgins, Director of Community Relations; Jake Weiers, Wellness Facilitator; Steve McDaniel, Director of Student Services