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Plank South Honored as Top 10 health. moves. minds. School

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is excited to announce that Plank Road South Elementary School was one of the top 10 fundraising schools for the health. moves. minds. program during the 2020-21 school year. Plank South raised $12,238.11 through the program and chose to “pay it forward” by donating 25% of funds raised to the American Heart Association of Rochester.

Jennifer Sullivan and Jill Doyle duct taped to a wall
Plank South admins taped to a wall for health. moves. minds.

The health. moves. minds. program is an educational service-learning program that provides schools with free lessons, activities, and community-building ideas that help students thrive physically and emotionally. SHAPE America created the program with support from its national partner, Gopher, to address the growing number of students around the country — at all grade levels — with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.  

“We appreciate that Plank Road South Elementary is a leader in our health. moves. minds. community as well as their local community,” says Stephanie Jumps, SHAPE America’s senior manager of community initiatives and social impact. “Teaching students how to take care of their mind and body, while also being kind and helping others, will serve them throughout their lifetime.”

As more and more schools are looking for ways to incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL), the health. moves. minds. program is that “missing piece” that embeds SEL in the program’s lessons and activities. This includes: 

  • Free standards-based lessons for grades K-12 

  • Activity materials and assessment resources for each lesson; and 

  • Opportunities for school-wide engagement, parent involvement, and community service. 

More information about the health. moves. minds. program is available online at

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