Valley School District has received a Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools grant award in the amount of $128,796 as part of the State Legislature’s Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. Valley School District was one of 150 school districts competing for a share of $5 million allocated to the grant program.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”reg” ihc_mb_template=”-1″ ]Awards were based on the merits of school facility improvement proposals in the areas of nutrition, physical education and activity, and easy access to water for students. The Health Kids-Healthy Schools grant program aims to help schools remove barriers and bridge gaps that stand between practices, processes and improved student health.
Valley’s grant monies are earmarked for a water bottle filling station in the K-8 school, kitchen modifications allowing expanded refrigeration space and a new walk-in freezer and a large greenhouse at Paideia High School. The kitchen improvements and greenhouse will enable the district to engage in farm-to-school practices to improve the nutritional quality of the meals served, as well as to offer Career/Technical Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities to students.
Superintendent Kevin Foster commends the contributions of the staff members involved in putting the grant proposal together. The district’s hard work is just getting started as staff moves through the planning, building and installation phases for each improvement project, which will be initiated this summer. Facilities Supervisor Kraig Kalisch and Paideia High School Principal Matt Cox have been visiting local greenhouses and produce growing operations for insight. “It is exciting to be awarded the HealthyKids-Healthy Schools grant, since so many larger school districts had also applied,” states Supervisor Kalisch, “It is a ‘pie in the sky’ award.”
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