Frank M. Silvia Elementary School was honored with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award.

Due to their outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment, Silvia Elementary was awarded a national fitness award according to Herald News.

Let’s Move! Active Schools is a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative and is dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day as the norm in K-12 schools. The national award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity. Six schools in New England have achieved this honor this year.

“It has been great to see teachers make movement part of their academic school day. The culture of the school has seen a tremendous shift over the last few years with physical activity added to every possible corner of the building. The Physical Education department couldn’t be more proud of the enthusiasm of the staff and students alike" the catalyst of Silvia School’s involvement Terry Mahjoory said.

To earn this award, a school must meet significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.

For receiving the National Award, Silvia School also received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady.

Additional Reporting By: Mikaylee McEwan