22 HCPS schools earn Sports Backers’ “Active RVA” designation


Twenty-two Henrico County schools have been named 2017 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.

“Studies show that physical activity leads to improved academic performance,” said Benita Turner, HCPS specialist for health, physical education and driver education. “I’m proud of the commitment from everyone in the school division who made this happen – HCPS leaders, health and physical education teachers, principals and classroom teachers. Together we are bringing physical activity, physical education, wellness integration and brain breaks into the classroom.”

The certified HCPS schools for 2017 are:

– Carver Elementary School

– Dumbarton Elementary School

– Echo Lake Elementary School

– Fair Oaks Elementary School

– Gayton Elementary School

– Glen Allen Elementary School

– Hermitage High School

– Johnson Elementary School

– Kaechele Elementary School

– Lakeside Elementary School

– Maybeury Elementary School

– Moody Middle School

– New Bridge Learning Center

– Nuckols Farm Elementary School

– Pemberton Elementary School

– Rivers Edge Elementary School

– Shady Grove Elementary School

– Short Pump Elementary School

– Three Chopt Elementary School

– Trevvett Elementary School

– Tuckahoe Middle School

– Varina High School

Representatives of the schools were recognized May 17 at an awards program.