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Poe ES students win TAPHERD award for supporting recess

2013 September 12
by HISD Communications

Sixth-graders Mary Polydoros, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Richard Sam Wells (L-R) pose with TAHPERD president Rose Haggerty.

Three former Poe Elementary School students were each recognized recently as an “Outstanding Student of the Year” for 2012–2013 by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD).

Mary Polydoros and Nicholas Gonzalez (now both sixth-graders at Lanier Middle School) and Richard Sam Wells (now a sixth-grader at Pin Oak Middle School) were chosen for their efforts to make sure recess remains a part of all elementary students’ school days.

The students spoke out at an HISD Board of Education meeting last year regarding the importance of engaging in physical activity during the school day, and the related recommendation was subsequently approved and codified into district policy.

The children were formally recognized during a ceremony held on Aug. 28 at Black Middle School.

“This award is for students who go above and beyond the requirements of health and physical education instructional programs,” said Manager of Health and Physical Education Rose Haggerty, who also serves as the president of TAHPERD. “These students wanted their voices to be heard regarding the health and well being of all students throughout the district.”

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • The 60 HISD students who have been named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists for 2014. The students come from six district high schools: Bellaire, Carnegie Vanguard,  DeBakey, Lamar, Westside, and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Click here to read the full story.
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