McAllen, RGV.  Five McAllen ISD schools, the most of any school district in the state, have been recognized as Exemplary Schools in health and physical education by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).


Only 15 schools statewide earned this award. The five schools from McAllen ISD are all elementary campuses. They include:

  • Francisca Alvarez
  • Lucile McKee Hendricks
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Sam Rayburn
  • Theodore Roosevelt


“We had 40 Texas schools apply for recognition with one school being recognized at Level 1, one school at Level 2 and 13 schools at Level 3,” TAHPERD Executive Director Dr. Diana Everett wrote in a congratulatory letter. “This recognition for your school is significant and reflects the excellent health and physical education program you provide for your students. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to quality physical education for your students.”


McAllen ISD’s five winners all earned Level 3 status. Representatives from the five schools will attend a recognition presentation during the 2015 TAHPERD Convention Friday, December 4, in Dallas.


“I am very proud of our five Exemplary Schools and I am very confident that more of our schools will reach the Exemplary status next year,” McAllen ISD Health and Physical Education Coordinator Mario Reyna said. “I am also very proud of our district’s Physical Education and Nutrition programs because we are playing a vital role in helping to produce healthy, well-rounded students. Research supports that healthy kids learn more, have higher attendance rates and behave better.”

In addition to this TAHPERD recognition, all of McAllen ISD schools are recognized by Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Alliance for A Healthier Generation at the national level. Other school districts to have at least once campus recognized by TAHPERD include Pasadena ISD, Katy ISD, Conroe ISD, Lubbock ISD and Fort Worth ISD.