USDA awards Binghamton schools for being "healthy"

By Haley Burton

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Five elementary schools in the Binghamton City School District are awarded the “Gold with Distinction” HealthierUS Challenge Award given by the US Department of Agriculture.

Benjamin Franklin, Calvin Coolidge, Horace Mann, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson elementary schools all received the award.

The Gold with Distinction title is the highest award in the HUSSC program.

The USDA will giving the district $10,000. There will also be five plaques and banners for the buildings.

“The HUSSC is a recognition award for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in both nutrition and physical education to promote a healthier school environment for children,” said USDA program specialist Pamela Griffin.

With this award, the Binghamton City School District now holds the record for the most buildings with the HUSSC Gold with Distinction title in the Northeast and the third-most on the East Coast.

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