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Wake Schools Earn AHA Awards, 2 Win National Recognition

(left) AHA Director Sara Merz, WCPSS Supt. Dr. James Merrill, and AHA Board Chair Sarah Martin kicked off the #AHAWinnersTour with Dr. Merrill announcing all the award winners on May 17, 2017.

Congratulations to the 13 AHA Brains and Bodies Award winners and the eight AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award winners for the 2016-2017 school year! Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) Supt. Dr. James Merrill congratulated the winners (watch the video!) as we started the AHA Winners Tour May 17, 2017, and  completed the tour May 18, visiting each school, presenting an award banner and sharing the celebration on social media. Follow us on Twitter at @WakeAHA and join us in congratulating each of the schools with #AHAWinnersTour.

Brains and Bodies Award Winners

Brains and Bodies Award winners, who meet criteria in three modules of the Healthy Schools Program of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are:

Hunter Elementary in Raleigh won the Gold level Brains and Bodies Award as well as the Sneakers and Spokes Award.


  • Brentwood Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Davis Drive Elementary (Cary)
  • Hunter Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Sanford Creek Elementary (Rolesville)
  • Wendell Elementary (Wendell)


  • Laurel Park Elementary (Cary)
  • Powell Elementary (Raleigh)


  • East Garner Elementary (Garner)
  • Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary)
  • Lead Mine Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex)
  • Swift Creek Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Weatherstone Elementary (Cary)

Northwoods Elementary students, staff and parents accepted their Sneakers and Spokes Award in their beautiful school garden.

Sneakers and Spokes Awards

Winners of the Sneakers and Spokes Award, which specifically recognizes outstanding and ongoing walk/bike to/at school efforts are:

  • Davis Drive Elementary (Cary)
  • Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary)
  • Hunter Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Lead Mine Elementary (Raleigh
  • Northwoods Elementary (Cary)
  • Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex) Powell Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Sanford Creek Elementary (Rolesville)

AHA also congratulates Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina for earning the Emerging Wellness Advocate Award.

Three cheers for Swift Creek Elementary, which won AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award AND the 2017 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Kudos also to Lead Mine Elementary for award recognition locally AND nationally as well!

Two National Award Winners

Congratulations to Lead Mine Elementary and Swift Creek Elementary, both of which were added to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s list of America’s Healthiest Schools on May 16, 2017, by achieving the 2017 Bronze National Healthy Schools Award! WCPSS Supt. Dr. Merrill congratulated these schools via video as well!

For AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award, schools met criteria in three areas. To win the Alliance’s national award, they met criteria in seven areas. Lead Mine and Swift Creek are among 13 winners from North Carolina and 323 winners nationwide. Congratulations to them for this this achievement. They will be recognized next fall by the Alliance with other winners from across the country.

Kudos to all the staff, parents, students and community partners who have made a healthy school environment a priority. Research shows that healthy active students perform better academically, and of course, we know the physical importance!



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