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School district of Altoona receives 2019 NSBA Magna Award

Altoona School District is recognized for their hands-on efforts to develop alternative learning environments for students dealing with behavioral issues in class, receiving the 25th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ). This is the second year that the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders for their efforts to bring educational equity to their students.

The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations, honor districts across the country for programs that break down barriers for underserved students. A panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from 200 submissions.

“It takes commitment to start an equity program and fortitude to sustain it,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director & CEO. “I congratulate the 2019 Magna Award winning districts for performing the hard and sometimes unpopular work to ensure all of their students are supported and provided with the tools and opportunities needed to succeed.”

This year’s three grand prize winners and 15 first place winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students. Each of the grand prize-winning school districts will give a special presentation at NSBA’s annual conference, to be held March 30 to April 1 in Philadelphia.

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Two Altoona schools win titles at the Super Bowl

Altoona Fuel Play 60 photo

WQOQ.com: Two Altoona schools came home from Super Bowl weekend with thousands of dollars in grants.

The NFL’s Fuel Play 60 invited Altoona Middle School and Altoona High School to its “AdCap” competition on the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend.

Physical education teacher Greg Emerson got a team of seven girls together. They had some prep time to come up with a project to keep kids healthy at their schools, and present it “Shark Tank” style in 60 seconds.

They were judged by CEOs, the COO of the NFL and even Vikings QB Case Keenum.

The middle school students’ proposal was an on-site smoothie bar called “Snack Shack.”

“So, what they want to do is open up, to have healthy foods, before and after school,” Emerson said. “With that, they’ll make smoothies, and they’ll have smoothie machines and stuff. They can sell them for lower cost than what stores would do, because we’ll make them right here.”

Read more about Altoona’s winning presentations.