SLPS elementary school recognized among ‘America’s Healthiest Schools’

Maxwell Artis, Wellness champion for Gateway Michael Elementary School, on the Gateway Complex Walking Trail with students.

Gateway Michael Elementary School in Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) received a Silver Award on the 2018 list of America’s Healthiest Schools from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. It is one of 19 schools in Missouri and 461 schools nationwide to be recognized.

The school was cited for starting Healthy Birthday Celebrations, increasing student physical activity and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, removing sweetened beverages from vending machines, installing a water refilling station, and adding the Gateway Garden, Gateway Complex Walking Trail and Peaceful Playground.

These changes were made possible by grant funding from Missouri Foundation for Health and the hard work of district leadership, school leadership, staff, and students.

“The Gateway Michael community – parents, teachers, students, staff and school leaders – has united around the importance of creating a healthy school,” said Leanne White, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities project director for SLPS.

All 19 schools in Missouri recognized as among America’s Healthiest Schools are part of the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) initiative.

“I’m so proud of our schools and look forward to seeing more healthy changes in the years to come,” said Deidre Griffith, HSHC program director for the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Any school can join Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program at no-cost to access trainings, resources and technical assistance by visiting

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