September 19, 2007 10:39 a.m.
Gov. Schwarzenegger honored UC Irvine education doctoral candidate Kurt Suhr as the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Principal of the Year Tuesday, Sept. 18. Suhr, principal of Newport Heights Elementary School, was recognized for his work in promoting physical education programs in elementary schools. He provided incentives for students who walked to school, and increased exercise opportunities during lunch and recess. Suhr started the Coordinated Approach to Children's Health Physical Education program at Newport Heights, and more than 850 classrooms throughout the state have since adopted the program. Each year the Governor's Council honors educators who go above and beyond their duties to promote physical activity. Suhr was recognized at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles and received $10,000 for physical education programming.
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