PURVIS, MS. (WDAM) - On Thursday, all the schools of Purvis in addition to Baxterville school received special honors from a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.
During an assembly in Purvis, students celebrated their Gold of Distinction award from the USDA. Additionally, Purvis High School is the first high school in the country to receive that distinction.
Several Lamar County schools were recognized for their participation in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge program, which is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative.
School officials say it was nice to be honored since Mississippi is traditionally considered the country's most obese state. Becke Bounds is the Director of Child Nutrition for the Lamar County School District.
Bounds said, "We realize that Mississippi is kind of getting that rap, so we have to make a difference and Lamar County knows that. They are stepping up to that plate."
USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Janey Thornton, was in Purvis Thursday to congratulate the schools.
According to Thornton,"I really think Mississippi is going to be in the forefront and a leader and other states are going to be looking to see what you all have done here in Mississippi."
In total, eleven Lamar County schools received awards for their participation in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge program.
We will have much more on the accomplishments of Purvis High School in Friday's "Pride of the Pine Belt" feature.