Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam Visits Allamanda Elementary

PutnamAllamandaFlorida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam visited Allamanda Elementary School on Feb. 25 to congratulate the school and others in Palm Beach County receiving the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Bronze award.

“Allamanda is very proud and pleased to partner with the school district, receiving the Bronze Award at the HealthierUS School Challenge Award presentation. We believe that healthy kids make better, happier students,” said Allamenda Elementary School Principal Garcia said.

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms is a voluntary four-year certification initiative recognizing schools that have created healthier school environments through promotion of smarter lunchrooms, nutrition and physical activity.

Allamanda’s website states “Our Health and Wellness Program embraces the education of the whole child. They grow and learn with a sound mind and a healthy body. All students set academic and wellness goals. They participate in daily physical activity and receive weekly lessons in the Health and Wellness lab. Clubs and after school activities focus on a healthy life style, including the following: running, flag football, nutrition, gardening, morning muscle, dance, walking, healthy cooking and Girls on the Run. Parent involvement activities revolve around health and fitness education for the whole family. Our Health and Wellness program helps each child develop lifelong habits of health and fitness through exercise and diet.”

Putnam was joined by State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, School Board member Mike Murgio and Allamanda Principal Marilu Garcia. Allamanda is the 350th school in Florida to receive the Bronze award in the HealthierUS School Challenge. Started in 2004, there are 6,927 schools throughout the country that have received Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold Awards of Distinction.

“These schools have taken an important step in helping their students make healthy choices, both in the cafeteria and at home,” Gent said. “We thank Commissioner Putnam for recognizing schools such as Allamanda Elementary for their commitment to creating healthier school environments.”


Schools that recently earned Bronze awards in Palm Beach County are:

  • Allamanda Elementary, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Banyan Creek Elementary, Delray Beach
  • Cholee Lake Elementary, Greenacres
  • Citrus Cove Elementary, Boynton Beach
  • Coral Sunset Elementary, Boca Raton
  • Diamond View Elementary, Greenacres
  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, Riviera Beach
  • Egret Lake Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Equestrian Trails Elementary, Wellington
  • Everglades Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Forest Hill Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Galaxy E3 Elementary, Boynton Beach
  • Gove Elementary, Belle Glade
  • Grassy Waters Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Greenacres Elementary, Greenacres
  • H.L. Johnson Elementary, Royal Palm Beach
  • Heritage Elementary, Greenacres
  • Highland Elementary, Lake Worth
  • J.C. Mitchell Elementary, Boca Raton
  • Jerry Thomas Elementary, Jupiter
  • K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary, Canal Point
  • Lake Park Elementary, Lake Park
  • Liberty Park Elementary, Greenacres
  • Marsh Pointe Elementary, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Meadow Park Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Melaleuca Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Pahokee Elementary, Pahokee
  • Palm Beach Gardens Elementary, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Palm Springs Elementary, Palm Springs
  • Palmetto Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Pierce Hammock Elementary, Loxahatchee
  • Pleasant City Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Plumosa School of the Arts, Delray Beach
  • South Grade Elementary, Lake Worth
  • South Olive Elementary, West Palm Beach
  • Starlight Cove Elementary, Lantana
  • Sunrise Park Elementary, Boca Raton
  • The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach, North Palm Beach