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Let’s Move Pittsburgh Announces 2019 Champion Schools Award Winners
40 area schools and childcare centers receive recognition and funding for championing youth wellness programs.

Pittsburgh, PA — To inspire and reward high-impact healthy initiatives in area schools and childcare centers, Let’s Move Pittsburgh — a collaborative program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens dedicated to advancing healthy lifestyles in the Pittsburgh community — announces 2019 Champion Schools Award winners.  Now in its sixth year, these honorary awards provide special recognition and mini-grants to 40 eligible school and childcare center programs that are leading children to a healthier future.

2019 winners include Young Scholars of Western PA Charter School which will use their Champion Schools award for a multi-dimensional garden space. Educators will teach students how to build, cultivate and sustain the new space using 95% recycled materials. Students will benefit from the edible garden beds, bee and butterfly garden, medicinal herb garden and native plant garden planned at the school.  

In total, over 8,500 children will benefit from Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s 2019 Champion Schools Awards which will fund healthy lifestyle initiatives including community gardens, kids’ fitness programs and equipment, healthy cooking programs, composting stations and more.  

2019 Champion School Award winners:

Angels' Place, Inc. – North Side
Angels' Place, Inc. – Swissvale 
Barrett Elementary
Center Elementary
Cleveland Steward Elementary
Curtisville Primary
Cynthia K. Franck’s Childcare – Forest Hills
Cynthia K. Franck’s Childcare – Penn Hills
Edgewood Primary
Elizabeth Seton Center
Elroy Elementary
Evergreen Elementary
Fred L. Aiken Elementary
Growing Patch Learning Center
Heritage for Kids Early Learning Center
Kentucky Avenue School
Manchester Academic Charter School
Park Elementary
Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship
Pittsburgh Allegheny K – 5
Pittsburgh Arsenal K – 5
Pittsburgh Banksville K – 5
Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK – 8
Pittsburgh Dilworth Elementary
Pittsburgh Greenfield
Pittsburgh Manchester PreK – 8
Pittsburgh Phillips K – 5
Pittsburgh Westwood K – 5
Pittsburgh Whittier Elementary K – 5
PLEA
Providence Connections
Tender Care Learning Center - Whitehall
The Glen Montessori School
Turner Intermediate School
Urban Pathways K – 5 College Charter School
Weil Elementary
West Liberty Elementary
Wilkins Elementary
Wyland Elementary
Young Scholars of Western PA Charter School

Winning schools and childcare centers each receive $1,000 for their program, funding a new or existing project that will improve children’s health and well-being.  2019 award recipients were selected based on the sustainability and impact of their projects in one or more of the following areas: “Bag the Junk,” for programs that promote healthy nutrition and wellness education; “Get Kids Moving,” for initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in and out of schools; “Teach Kids to Grow and Cook Food,” for projects that increase students’ knowledge of how to grow and prepare fresh, healthy foods; and “Sustainable Citizenship” for projects that expose students to a variety of environmental topics to make a positive impact in the community.

Through the Champion Schools Award program, in addition to year-round family-friendly events, 5-2-1-0 initiative and additional resources and tools available to the public at letsmovepittsburgh.org, Let’s Move Pittsburgh helps to make southwestern Pennsylvania the healthiest place for kids to learn and grow.

Let’s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools Awards are made possible with support from The Heinz Endowments.

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About Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a healthy lifestyle program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens supported by UPMC Health Plan, brings together organizations, healthcare providers, educators, parents and caregivers in southwestern Pennsylvania to lead children toward a healthier future. Learn about Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s programs including upcoming family-friendly events, 5-2-1-0 initiative, grantmaking initiatives, Green Light Foods app, professional symposia, speaker series and health and wellness resources at letsmovepittsburgh.org.

About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts nearly half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at  phipps.conservatory.org.