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PSJA ISD named large school district winner of statewide health competition

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District breaks record with more than 4.4 million points 


PHARR – For the second consecutive year, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD was named the winner of the Large School District Category of the statewide It’s Time Texas Community Challenge sponsored by H-E-B. The organization held a virtual celebration Tuesday, July 22, 2020. 


While PSJA ISD has engaged in the statewide competition for several years now, this year the school district earned 4,473,950 points in the large school district category surpassing last year’s record of 2,264,190 points. 


The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is an annual statewide competition that unites cities, school districts, businesses, and organizations with the common goal of transforming their community’s health. More than 250 school districts across the State of Texas competed. 


This year’s results were possible thanks to a successful district-wide effort involving students, staff, and parents who committed to a healthier lifestyle by registering and logging healthy points for their community.   


“We are so proud of our PSJA Family for taking on this statewide competition,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “Winning in the large school district category shows our commitment to the health and wellness of our students and staff. Now more than ever, we will continue to place the physical, emotional and mental health of our students, families and staff in the forefront. Together we can make a difference, and become a stronger PSJA.” 


While all 43 PSJA ISD schools played a vital role in winning the statewide competition, the district recognized the following campuses for winning the 2nd Annual PSJA Healthy School Challenge and earning the most points in their category:   

  • Henry Ford Elementary with 334,100 points  

  • Audie Murphy Middle School with 197,400 points 

  • PSJA Early College High School with 1,971,200 points 

In addition to earning the most points in their category, these schools went above and beyond promoting health and wellness by hosting community walks, participating in Teach Healthier App lessons, and pledging to live healthier lives.   


According to the PSJA Health Services Director Sulema Solis, the district’s PSJA Employee Wellness Program launched during the 2019-2020 school year also provided staff members the opportunity to participate in free weekly Zumba and Yoga classes, nutrition advice, and support. 


“A healthy community for me starts with a quality education, it provides for better health outcomes and an overall higher quality of life,” said Solis. “I love that our PSJA Family takes the Community Challenge to the next level. My hope is we continue to make healthy choices daily and choose healthy living by eating smart and enjoying fun recreational activities with our loved ones.” 


PSJA ISD would like to thank the cities of Pharr, San Juan, and Alamo and the local business Crunch Fitness for their continued support throughout the competition. As well as several district departments, including the PSJA Parental Engagement Program and Athletics/PE Department, for playing a vital role in engaging parents and students throughout the competition.   


During the COVID-19 pandemic, PSJA ISD has continued encouraging a healthy lifestyle by promoting healthy eating and exercises one can do while at home as part of its Social and Emotional Support Program for students, families and staff. Even during the summer months, campus PE Coaches continue their promotion via their Facebook and Twitter pages @PSJAPE.