Gerald R. Ford Middle School will celebrate receiving a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) "Gold Award of Distinction" at a school-wide assembly on October 4, 2012 at 1:00pm. Current CBS Sports Analyst and Michigan State University legend Mateen Cleaves will be in attendance from the 'nPlay Foundation, along with representatives from the USDA, Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Department of Community Health.
To be eligible for the award, the school had to meet high standards in several areas including breakfast and lunch participation, servings of fresh fruits, whole grains, and vegetables, nutrition education, physical education, physical activity, and wellness policy.
Gerald R. Ford Middle is a Fuel Up to Play 60 school, which has given them access to resources to create physical activity and nutrition opportunities for students. As a result of that partnership, along with assistance from the GRPS Nutrition Services and Health departments, the school became the 2nd school in Michigan to receive the Gold Award of Distinction which comes with a $2000 monetary award.
Community partners, including Kent School Services Network, Spectrum Health Residency program, University of Detroit Mercy School of Nursing, local community farmer's market coordinators, and more, also helped the school implement their innovative health and wellness programs.