Five campuses in Sulphur Springs Independent School district were awarded a total of $18,376 in grant funding for “in-school nutrition and physical activities programs.”
Early Childhood Learning Center was awarded $3,675, Bowie Primary School $3,986, Travis Primary School $3,987, Sulphur Springs Elementary School $4,000 and Douglas Intermediate School $2,728 through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
“Funding eligibility took into account the number of students by campus for the dollar amount awarded,” SSISD Director of Grants Sherry Chester said.
The district turned in applications in January and recipients were notified this week of grant funding approval. As a participating campus, each school was eligible to apply for up to $4,000 from Fuel Up to Play 60 for wellness programs. Up to $2,000 of that amount must go to nutrition programs while the remaining $2,000 could be used for physical activity programs, according to Chester.
“Physical education teachers have done a tremendous job in preparing innovative programs that meet the needs of each campus,” Chester noted. “Sulphur Springs ISD would like to offer special thanks to physical education teachers Denise Bybee, Starling Erwin, Coco Gunn, Kristy Johnson, Suzy Rost and Julie Silman for their hard work and dedication. Sulphur Springs ISD congratulates and thanks campuses and district supporters for constantly working to improve services to students.”
Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative is the collaborative effort of the National Dairy Council, the National Football League and the United States Department of Agriculture to encourage students to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. It’s designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by applying positive long-term changes for themselves and their schools.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 will encourage students to team up with adults to make real changes by implementing school-wide healthy eating and physical activity ‘plays.’ These ‘plays’ are strategies to help students ‘fuel up’ with nutrient-rich foods and ‘get up and play’ for at least 60 minutes a day. Fuel Up to Play 60 will compliment and enhance the wellness programs of schools with additional resources, tools, rewards and incentives for students. Features of Fuel Up to Play 60 include easy enrollment, and step-by-step guidance for participating adults and students,” Chester explained.
Each campus has special projects they plan to use the money to facilitate. Some ideas pitched included introduction of healthy foods through a “tasting bee” or snacks, re-introduction of milk breaks at SSES, ropes and walking projects at Douglas, and additional foods at various campuses.
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