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Two B'ville schools awarded grants for wellness efforts

Two schools in the Baldwinsville Central School District have been awarded grants from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) for their participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program of the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL).

Reynolds Elementary received $2,000 for its efforts to promote healthier eating and physical activity. Principal Olivia Cambs said the grant will be used in part to purchase breakfast for all of the school's third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders for each day of each grade's state assessments this school year. Studies indicate that students are better able to concentrate in school when they have eaten a nutritious breakfast.

The grant will also be used to fund a show by an educational performer who promotes healthy choices through music. Principal Cambs said that third-grade teacher Jon Langstaff has been coordinating the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at the school and was instrumental in securing the grant.

Additionally, the school received 76 NFL mini-helmets from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program as a reward for a healthy food challenge the school's third-grade classes completed in November. The school's PTA sponsored breakfast on Nov. 10 for all of the school's third-graders to promote healthy eating habits, and staff members served the children a nutritious smoothie in the afternoon to teach them that healthy food can also be tasty food.

The ADADC awarded Durgee Junior High School $2,000 to support the school's First Annual Health and Wellness/Career Expo, which was held Jan. 31. Principal Bonnie

Van Benschoten said the expo encouraged junior high students to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Students rotated through activities focusing on nutrition and fitness, as well as a career expo, at which local health care professionals answered students' questions about their fields.

Principal Van Benschoten noted that the school was awarded the grant in large part due to the efforts of Assistant Principal John Birmingham and Doug Jackson, physical education teacher.

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