11 Jul Conway Regional Women’s Council offering school wellness grants
The Conway Regional Women’s Council is again seeking grant applications from area schoolteachers to help finance child wellness and fitness initiatives.
The grant program is available to schools within the Conway Regional service area – Faulkner, Cleburne, Perry, Conway and Van Buren counties. It offers PreK-12th grade educators financial support for innovative classroom programs promoting physical activity, good nutrition and/or personal wellness.
The grants stem from the council’s emphasis in 2015 on childhood obesity awareness and prevention. The grant program will provide financial support while shining a light on these educational opportunities.
“Through the Teacher’s Grant, the Women’s Council is offering educators the opportunity to impact the lives of their students by offering programs specifically designed to promote physical activity, good nutrition and/or personal wellness,” said Jennifer Hill, president of the Women’s Council.
In its first year, the Council awarded six $500 grants for a variety of wellness initiatives — from a cooking program for kindergarteners to physical fitness equipment. Schools receiving grants were Carl Stuart Middle School in Conway, Greenbrier Middle School, Ruth Doyle Middle School in Conway, Theodore Jones Elementary School in Conway and Wooster Elementary School.
“I am very proud to see the impact the Conway Regional Women’s Council is making on the health of our children through our new Teacher’s Grant,” said Dot Welch, associate director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation. “The leadership and dedication shown by this group of women is awesome. They truly care about our community.”
The maximum grant amount to be awarded is $500 for the 2016-17 school year. The grant application deadline is Sunday, Aug. 28. Winners will be notified in September.