Grant for schools

Windham - posted Mar, 20 2013

WINDHAM- Six schools in Windham have been chosen to receive a total of $17,624 to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives. These schools were selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. This nationwide funding program offers individual schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of, and access to, nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of New England. Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provides support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation. All of the Windham schools have been working with FoodCorps Service Member Kate Callahan to incorporate school gardens, cooking clubs, recipe development and taste testing new menu items for the school meals programs. The six schools that received funding include Natchaug School, North Windham School, W.B. Sweeney School, Windham Center School, Windham High School, and Windham Middle School. North Windham School, Windham Center School, and Windham High School will use the funds to purchase salad bars that can also be used as grab-n-go breakfast carts in the morning.

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