Rural Schools Partnership Awards 2010 Student Wellness Grants

The Community Foundation’s Rural Schools Partnership initiative announced the 2010 Student Wellness Grant recipients for projects that promote good nutrition and active lifestyles.

The Student Wellness Grants are made possible by the Ed and Virginia Heer Family Foundation Fund. Several of the grants were made to chapters of the Youth Empowerment Project, a CFO initiative to encourage youth philanthropy and community service. The recent YEP conference was profiled in the Nov. 12  “Making a Difference” segment on Springfield public radio station KSMU, 91.1 FM.

The grants were awarded to:

  • Fair Grove High School Youth Empowerment Project: $1,300 to create informational markers for distance intervals and circuit training at a new walking track around school property.
  • Purdy High School Spanish Club Youth Empowerment Project: $900 to expand its research on food sustainability, including visits to a large Farmer’s Market, like Springfield’s, natural food stores, and other areas of interest.
  • Gainesville Schools’ Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 for the YEP group to assume responsibility for the school’s weekend backpack program, which provides nutritious food for about 57 eligible students.
  • Carl Junction High School Youth Empowerment Project: $1,500 to begin a weekend backpack program providing nutritious food to about 65 eligible students throughout the district.
  • Hermann Elementary School: $1,500 for an “Art from the Heart” project combining nutrition education with printmaking skills using the vibrant colors of heart-healthy vegetables and fruits.
  • Valle Catholic School in Ste. Genevieve: $625 to purchase pedometers for students participating in a morning walking program to track their target goal of 10,000 steps a day.
  • Cuba All Aboard Learning Center: $1,275 to support the annual “Turkey Trot Fun Run” that serves as a primary fundraising effort to defray rates to parents participating in its day care and before- and after-school programs.

“We are eager to see the results of these grants to our Rural Schools Partnership and Youth Empowerment Project members who are using both creativity and community service to encourage healthy lifestyles and good nutrition,” said Julie Leeth, CFO executive vice president.