USD 457 Staff Receive Grants for Student Health

USD 457 Staff Receive Grants for Student Health
Posted on 01/08/2019

Garden City Public Schools received word that Michelle Shull, school nurse at Abe Hubert Elementary School and Michelle Thompson, wellness champion at Charles Stones Intermediate Center, received a Healthy Habits for Life grant funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation to fund at-school programs aimed at helping students enhance their health.  Shull received a $995 grant and Thompson received $1000 in funding from the foundation. 

For a 13th year, school personnel – which include school nurses, teachers and administrators – will use Healthy Habits for Life grant dollars to fund at-school programs aimed at helping thousands of children reduce their cardiovascular risk, increase their physical activity or learn healthy eating habits. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation recently distributed a total of $149,757.30 through 155 grants to school personnel spread across 62 Kansas counties.

The most recent grants will be used during 2019 for a variety of programs ranging from purchasing heart monitors, healthy snacks or nutrition curriculum, to organizing health fairs and walking programs.

The amount of each grant was based on the applicant’s request for the program he or she proposed, up to a maximum of $1,000. The school district or private school must be located in the service area of the BCBSKS Foundation (all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte).