HIE was built around the idea that by spreading the notion of health and wellness we could affect change in our schools.

Major Milestones

2012 National Winner of the Active Schools Acceleration Project $100,000

Red Hawk’s Movement program was an innovation competition winner – recognized for leading the way toward a shift in the nation’s approach to physical activity.

2013 Excellence in Schools Summit

HIE hosted 250 educators to explore the connection between physical activity and academic success.

2014 Awarded $100,000 Kaiser Thriving Schools Grant

Created our successful “Teacher Champions” model to spread the notion of movement in the classroom throughout the Erie feeder system.

2015 Red Hawk Elementary was recipient of the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award

This prestigious award was due in large part to the health and wellness pillars on which Red Hawk Elementary was built.

2015 Kaiser Thriving Schools Grant – Continuation funding – $50,000

This grant funded work plan ingrains movement concepts into a curriculum available to educators through Institutes of Higher Education creating champions of movement, thus making a measurable impact on how physical activity is received in SVVSD schools.

2016 Colorado Health Foundation Statewide Systems $215,000 Grant Recipient

In partnership with the University of Northern Colorado, Graduate Class SES 513-940 Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom is available to educators statewide.


We are nearing the completion of the 5th successful semester of HIE delivering SES 513 to 120 teachers statewide. We connect in person with each educator who has completed or is currently enrolled in the course to ensure that they receive the maximum value from what we have to offer, and the impact has been tremendous.  We believe that through this work, over 10,000 school children in Colorado do 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day in their classrooms, and we aren’t done yet!




Support Our Work

As a 501(c)3 organization, HIE’s success is dependent upon the generosity of individuals, companies, and foundations. Funds received drive our program initiatives, and we thank our donors who have so greatly contributed to the realization of our work.