Billed as a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) assembly, things took a surprising turn when physical education teacher Hugh Brockway revealed Lovettsville had won two prestigious awards.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools Award is sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama. It is presented to schools that have created an active school environment where students participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school.
Only 525 schools across the nation have received this honor.
Lovettsville also received a Bronze National Healthy Schools Award. Lovettsville is the first school in Virginia to earn this honor, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation. Only 376 schools nationwide have earned this designation.
This award is presented to those who have made a sustained effort to battle childhood obesity.
Banners recognizing these awards were concealed under blue paper on one side of the multi-purpose room. At the appointed moment, the schools Bear Ambassadors yanked away the papers, revealing the banners.
To show they weren’t resting on their laurels, Lovettsville’s students and staff did some Zumba dancing before the banners were unveiled.
In keeping with the original PBIS theme of the assembly, another major awards program was announced. Principal Kim Forcino announced there would be a contest to see who could keep their bathrooms cleaner; girls or boys. The winner of this competition will win the coveted Golden Plunger Award along with “something cool” for their bathroom.