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3 UCPS schools get $15,000 in grant money from Harris Teeter
Thanks to a $15,000 grant, students at three Union County Public Schools could be a little healthier and more physically active.
The grant money was presented to Antioch and Indian Trail Elementary Schools and Sun Valley High School Friday (March 27, 2015). Principals, staff, PTO members and even some students (the Sun Valley High baseball team) attended the presentation.
Each school received a check for $5,000, plus additional funding for the Together in Education (TIE) program, which earns money back to the school when customers purchase select Harris Teeter Brand products using their VIC card.
Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those purchase dollars to the schools of their choice.
Antioch Elementary received $654.48 in ITE money, while Indian Trail Elementary received $562.47.
“Youth wellness and education will always remain a priority to us,” said Austin Village Harris Teeter manager Yisha Butts.
“This is why we are thrilled to be partnering with you all today,” she told those attending the presentation. “I would like to thank each and every one of you for partnering with us to develop healthier lifestyles for our youth.”
Butts added that she feels it’s important to support public education. “I’m a product of public education,” she said. “It’s an important thing to do. It’s for the youth and they’re our future.”
Antioch Principal Dr. Jamie Benfield said her school will use the money to purchase 35 pedometers to track student progress in the gym.
“This is really exciting,” Benfield said. “It allows us to do something else with technology. We’re assessing students in all the content areas, and now there will be some type of quantitative data to see how the kids are performing in PE, to make sure that they’re all exercising and meeting their target heart rate.”
Money left after the purchase of the pedometers will be used to purchase other fitness equipment for Antioch students.
The idea for the pedometers was the brainchild of PE teacher Cassie Sloop. “I think PE is going more and more to assessment. I wanted students to know how to be physically active and what level they should be in.”
Students will put on the pedometers as soon as they enter the gym. When they leave, the data will be downloaded into a computer.
“The pedometers give me an idea where the kids are and it gives the kids an idea of where they should be, as far as exercising, to give them maximum results,” Sloop said.
The PE teacher at Indian Trail Elementary, Trevor Young, said he is ordering additional storage capacity for athletic equipment. It will be the students’ responsibility to maintain the athletic equipment and make sure it’s stored properly.
“My ultimate goal is that kids take ownership in everything, and take on a leadership role,” Young said.
“We’re super excited that we are going to be able to replenish our PE equipment in our classrooms,” said Indian Trail Principal Candice Boatright.
Sun Valley High School Athletic Director Chris Batchelor said the grant money is extremely welcomed. “We have lots of needs,” Batchelor said. “The money will be used for the school’s baseball program.”
Sun Valley High’s head baseball coach, JP Culp, orchestrated the grant application for his school. “The money will be used to improve our facility, which is used by the entire community,” Culp said.
“We will purchase privacy fencing slats that will enclose the entire fence around the baseball field,” Culp added. “This helps with both the beautification of the field and the safety of the field.”
Holly Weaver and Tricia Crowley, both on the PTO Board at Indian Trail Elementary, came to the presentation to support their school.
“We’re excited about the opportunity, not only as a community partner for Harris Teeter, but that they’re working with our school in a different way,” Weaver said of the grant money.
Harris Teeter’s $15,000 donation to Union County Public Schools is part of the company’s $100,000 donation to 20 local schools. It’s an effort to encourage active lifestyles among students.
Butts said that the company has also donated a total of more than $22 million to schools that participate in the Together in Education program.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe