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Schools will seek grant to help with expanding WAEC playground

September 18, 2010
By COLIN KYLER ckyler@timesobserver.com
A possible source of funding for a school playground could lighten the burden on parents and teachers, allowing them to more easily raise remaining funds. During a recent meeting of the Warren County School District’s board of directors, members voted to approve a proposal to have the administration apply for up to $10,000 to assist in the construction of expanded playground facilities at Warren Area Elementary Center. The item passed under the consent agenda. At a previous meeting of the school board’s Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee, Coordinator of Grants and Foundation Development Matthew Jones said a group of advocates for the expansion came to him to find grants to supplement the project. They have the ability to move forward on their own, he said, even without the Highmark High 5 grant. If they receive the award, Jones said school officials may need to incorporate a physical education component with the playground. A summary of the grant stated it required no district resources. “The administration of Warren Area Elementary Center are concerned that existing playground facilities are insufficient for the student population,” according to a grant overview. “The parent-teacher organization serving the building has expressed a willingness to assist with the cost of an expanded playground, and would like the district to help in finding and securing grant funding for the project.” The overview also stated the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge provides funding to all grade levels. It allows schools to address nutrition education or services as well as physical education or activity through programming. The summary stated applications have a rolling due date. According to the summary, schools receive notification on a monthly basis. The Highmark Healthy High 5 website describes the initiative as a five-year, $100 million undertaking by the Highmark Foundation to promote lifelong healthy behaviors in people ages 6 to 18. It covers communities in the Highmark Inc. service area, according to the website.
 
 

 

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