H-E-B Awards Educators and Convenes Childhood Obesity Summit

Original Text: H-E-B Awards Educators and Convenes Childhood Obesity Summit


On May 14th, 2011 H-E-B celebrated the 10th Annual Excellence in Education Awards to spotlight Texas teachers and schools that go above and beyond on a daily basis. More than 1,000 education leaders celebrated 20 winners of the H-E-B awards across a number of categories including lifetime achievement, rising stars and district excellence. By the end of the night, H-E-B distributed a total of $480,000 - the largest monetary rewards program for Texas educators. Speaking at the event was Former U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell who addressed the need for excellence in education. Gen. Powell was once famously quoted as saying, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” In his speech, Powell underlined his appreciation for the consistent commitment of our greatest educators in changing lives for the better.
This year, the Excellence Awards added a new category called H-E-B Fit Campus Awards. The 10 schools that came up with most innovative ideas in health, fitness or gardening were awarded $10,000 each. The Fit Campus Award is part of an initiative on the part of H-E-B to improve the health of Texas children. With that goal in mind, H-E-B decided to combine the Excellence Awards with a Childhood Obesity Summit. “In hosting the summit with the activities surrounding our awards celebration, we saw an opportunity to infuse these educators with the knowledge needed to bring about real change in their schools and in their communities,” said Kate Rogers, H-E-B VP of communication. The Childhood Obesity Summit featured a discussion panel with leading experts on the topic of childhood obesity. H-E-B also screened “Health Needs a Hero,” a documentary that sheds light on the growing childhood obesity crisis told through the eyes of children. “Our hope is that by placing a strong emphasis on the health of students, parents and staff in our public schools,” Rogers said, “we will see the rising rates of childhood obesity reversed in Texas.”

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Revised Text:

On May 14th, 2011 H-E-B celebrated the 10th Annual Excellence in Education Awards to spotlight Texas teachers and schools that "go above and beyond" on a daily basis. More than 1,000 education leaders celebrated 20 winners of the H-E-B awards across a number of categories including; lifetime achievement, rising stars, and district excellence. By the end of the night, H-E-B distributed a total of $480,000 - the largest monetary rewards program for Texas educators.

Speaking at the event was Former U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell, who addressed the need for excellence in education. Gen. Powell was once famously quoted as saying, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” In his speech, Powell underlined his appreciation for the consistent commitment of our greatest educators in changing lives for the better.

This year, the Excellence Awards added a new category called the H-E-B Fit Campus Awards. The 10 schools that came up with the most innovative ideas in; health, fitness or gardening, were awarded $10,000 each. The Fit Campus Award is part of an initiative on the part of H-E-B to improve the health of Texas children. With that goal in mind, H-E-B decided to combine the Excellence Awards with a Childhood Obesity Summit. The Childhood Obesity Summit featured a discussion panel with leading experts on the topic of childhood obesity. H-E-B also screened “Health Needs a Hero,” a documentary that sheds light on the growing childhood obesity crisis, told through the eyes of children.

“In hosting the summit, with the activities surrounding our awards celebration, we saw an opportunity to infuse these educators with the knowledge needed to bring about real change in their schools and in their communities,” said Kate Rogers, H-E-B VP of communication. “Our hope is that by placing a strong emphasis on the health of students, parents and staff in our public schools,” Rogers said, “we will see the rising rates of childhood obesity reversed in Texas.”

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