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PGE Receives WISE Grant for Outdoor Track
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Six Newberry County Schools receive WISE Grant


NEWBERRY COUNTY — It is well established that healthier children tend to have better grades, are more attentive in class and have fewer absences.


To better support South Carolina schools in creating healthier school environments, the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is announcing its Wellness Inspired School Environment (WISE) grants, which are open to all public and private nonprofit schools in South Carolina serving grades K-12. One application from each school will be considered.


The Foundation is partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) and its Healthy Schools Program framework, which has been endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This framework develops and monitors progress toward a wellness action plan. Applicants can use the funds to implement activities from these wellness action plans.


Schools can apply for grants ranging from $2,000-$8,000 to support items based on the six evidence-based AHG modules:


• School Health and Safety Policies and Environment


• Health Education


• Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Programs


• Nutrition Services


• Health Promotion for Staff


• Family and Community Involvement


Newberry has six schools getting grants from the Foundation to improve the health of its children:


• Newberry Middle (Newberry) – Kinesthetic classroom for Special Ed


• Prosperity-Rikard Elementary (Newberry) – Outdoor track


• Pomaria-Garmany Elementary (Newberry) – Outdoor track


• Little Mountain Elementary (Newberry) – Outdoor track


• Mid-Carolina Middle (Newberry) – Outside paved activity surface


• Boundary Street Elementary (Newberry) – Active classrooms (small equipment)


“Schools often want to do more to improve student well-being, but may not have the resources to do so,” said Foundation Executive Director Erika Kirby,“ We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice, so we are supporting healthy school environments, which encourage and promote physical activity and healthy eating. This supports our long-term goal of improving the health and well-being of South Carolina’s children.”


Schools are a natural channel to encourage and foster this behavior because children spend more time at school than any other place outside of the home.


“The health and nutrition of South Carolina’s students has a strong impact on their success in the classroom and throughout their lives,” said Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education. “I applaud the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for recognizing this correlation and bringing additional wellness opportunities to schools in our state. I look forward to working with the Foundation and other community partners to ensure that every South Carolina student is healthy and ready to learn.”

Article was published in The Newberry Observer. 

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