Prescott Memorial School took the gold medal prize in the third annual WinterKids Winter Games, receiving $5,000 cash for their school.

The regular competition period ended with six schools in a one-way tie for first place. A final tie-breaker challenge, creating a likeness of their principal out of snow, ranked the schools first to sixth place.

Jonesport Elementary School won Silver ($3,000) for Washington County, and Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville won Bronze ($1,500) for Aroostook County.

WinterKids presented the prizes in all-school ceremonies at the winning schools Feb. 5 and 6.

Students from 32 elementary schools, representing each of Maine’s sixteen counties, competed in the WinterKids Winter Games during January.

Students participated in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity, nutrition, family engagement, and winter carnival challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.

This year’s theme was Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Each school was encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating and active living organizations in their community, and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events.

Schools competed for weekly points based on the percentage of the student body that participated. Schools competing in the WinterKids Winter Games received a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning- a resource meant to help kids move, learn, and explore outdoors while meeting education standards.

In addition, schools received bonus points for Weekly Wild Card Submissions, including a roster video, a meme, a photo and a boomerang.

“We are so proud of each and every child, teacher, parent and staff that put their heart and souls into this month-long challenge to make themselves and their schools a healthier place. Over 7,500 kids and 1,200 teachers and staff statewide set and achieved countless goals with the help of their families and communities.” says Julie Mulkern, the executive director of WinterKids.

“This is a fantastic way to get kids excited about being active and learning outdoors in the winter and living healthier lifestyles.”