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Sandy Ridge Elementary earns $2,500 grant from Liberty Mutual

Pictured, front row, from left, are Peyton Bhatia, Nolan Pelino and Ethan Garrety; back row, Sandy Ridge Principal Cindy Croffut, Board of Education member Marce Savage, PTA President Valerie Secker, Grant Coordinator Tanya Rieth, Brian Claud and Thomas Pagano, representatives from Liberty Mutual.

The Sandy Ridge Elementary School community is looking forward to adding a quarter-mile track to the school campus thanks to a $2,500 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Community grants are part of Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports program, an ongoing effort championing and celebrating responsibility in youth sports. This community-based program offers meaningful, easy-to-use educational resources for youth sports parents and coaches, including access to on-the-field game and practice preparation tools, as well as self-paced online coursework filled with learning tools, videos and topics addressing youth sports issues.

“The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program targets many of the issues we see happening at youth sporting events by shining a positive light on what it means to be a responsible coach and a responsible sports-parent,” said Greg Gordon vice president of Consumer Marketing at Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Beyond that, Liberty Mutual Insurance is making a significant financial contribution to support the efforts of local organizations like Sandy Ridge Elementary School.”

Sandy Ridge Elementary School is one of only 15 organizations across the country to earn a "Responsible Sports Grant" from Liberty Mutual. Principal Cindy Croffut credits the school’s PTA for its leadership in earning the grant. “I appreciate the PTA working hard to secure the grant,” Croffut said. “Our parents deserve the credit as they took the time to take the online quizzes. We want to thank our parents for their involvement.”

Parents and coaches at Sandy Ridge Elementary School earned the $2,500 grant for their school by taking courses and passing final quizzes on Responsible Sports Coaching and Parenting. Sandy Ridge PTA president Valerie Secker said, “This was truly a school-wide effort. Every parent was very supportive.”

In presenting the check at Tuesday’s (August 7, 2012) Board of Education meeting, Liberty Mutual sales representative Bryan Claud reported that the Sandy Ridge Elementary had the third highest participation rate in the country.

The new track will be available for the students and community to use. Two of the school’s clubs, “Let me Run” and “Girls on the Run” are looking forward to having the track to run on.
 

Written by: Rob Jackson, UCPS Community Relations and Communications Liaison.
Posted: Aug 10, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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