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Kaposia, Lincoln Center receive grants from Action for Healthy Kids® and Cargill to advance student health and well-being

students in physical education class Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 — South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is proud to announce that both Kaposia and Lincoln Center are among a small group schools to receive 2019-2020 Game On grants of $1,000 each from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK). The grants are provided through funding from Cargill to expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school, improve knowledge and behaviors around physical activity and healthy eating, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home. 

Kaposia will use its grant to purchase equipment to help reinforce the IB Learner Profile while playing in the gym and in physical education classes. A portion of the funding will also be used to promote and improve the school’s celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week (EKHW), observed annually in the spring. 

“EKHW spotlights the great efforts schools like Kaposia are making to improve the health and wellness of students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning,” said Brenda Johnson, Kaposia physical education teacher. “We are excited to take part in this weeklong celebration because we know that healthy kids are better prepared to learn.” 

Lincoln Center plans to use its grant to purchase physical education equipment as well as nutritional teaching aids to help with the implementation of new state physical education standards, which are slated to be fully implemented by the 2021-2022 school year.

“We recognize the importance of health and well-being to our students’ growth and learning,” said Jen Friedges, Lincoln Center physical education teacher. “We are excited to create a healthier school environment at Lincoln Center with the funding and resources provided by Action for Healthy Kids and Cargill.” 

Kaposia and Lincoln Center are two of 121 schools to receive a Game On grant along with programmatic support from AFHK and funded by Cargill this year. Since 2016, Cargill has supported school grants benefiting over 120 schools, impacting more than 45,000 students. For a complete list of this year’s grantees, visit actionforhealthykids.org/grants.  

 

About Action for Healthy Kids®

Action for Healthy Kids is improving child health by bringing together educators, parents, organizations and communities to transform school into a place where children learn to lead healthy lives. Through funding opportunities, programmatic support, and our flagship program, Game On, we help improve the health and well-being of students in communities where change is most needed. To learn more about the ways our growing 140,000+ volunteer network is helping to make every kid healthy, active and ready to learn and thrive, visit us at www.actionforhealthykids.org.

 

About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 153 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.