The Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at East Franklin is a proud recipient of a $1,000 grant from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) for the 2016-2017 school year. The Game On grant is provided through funding by Cargill to expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school, improve knowledge and behaviors around physical activity and healthy eating, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home.
The Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at East Franklin will use its grant to establish a school garden and increase the physical activity of students during the school day. Students will tend to and harvest the school garden. They will learn about healthy eating habits through participation in a nutrition education curriculum. Subsequently, the students will develop healthy recipes and use the fruits of their labors from the school garden when preparing them. Students will increase their physical activity by engaging in brain breaks/physical activities in the classroom when physical education class is not offered. Furthermore, the grant will provide new physical education equipment to provide additional activities for the students to utilize during physical education class.
“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for our school. The funds will expand the course offerings in the area of physical education and nutrition. Our students will directly benefit from the hands-on learning opportunities provided from establishing a school garden. Furthermore, our students will acquire healthy eating habits that will benefit them for a lifetime.” said Dr. Kristin Szewczyk, Principal.
“It is thanks to the support of partners like Cargill that we are able to expand our reach and have an impact on so many more schools, students and communities,” said Rob Bisceglie, CEO, Action for Healthy Kids. “The funding from Cargill connects schools like the Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at East Franklin with much-needed resources for their wellness initiatives and acknowledges the impact of physical activity and good nutrition on children’s health and learning.”
The Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at East Franklin is one of 50 schools in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin receiving a Cargill-funded Game On grant as part of more than $1.6 million in school breakfast and physical activity grants awarded by Action for Healthy Kids in the 2016-2017 school year. About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network supporting school-based healthy eating and physical activity improvements that increase academic success. With funding opportunities, expert technical assistance and our flagship program, Game On, we mobilize schools, administrators and parents to develop healthy school environments for children. To learn more about the ways our 90,000+ volunteer network is helping to make Every Kid Healthy™, visit us at www.ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook and on Twitter