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Kaposia receives $4,000 grant for health and wellness initiatives

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 — This year, students at Kaposia Education Center will have even more resources to help them stay healthy and active. Last week Kaposia learned that it had been awarded $4,000 to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement positive changes in their schools and communities. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

“We are excited to again receive a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant,” said Brenda Johnson, Kaposia physical education teacher. “This year’s grant builds on the funds we received last year from the program to help us create even more fun activities and opportunities for our kids.” Johnson added that with last year’s grant they were able to create a Fuel Up to Play 60 student leadership team that helped brainstorm ideas for ways to make being healthy and active more fun and engaging, ideas which they then used in this year’s grant application. 

Kaposia was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them incorporate sustainable health and wellness initiatives and improvements in their schools and communities. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for the competitive program is provided by Midwest Dairy.

Johnson, and her fellow Kaposia physical education teacher Mitch Wanner, asked the students to “dream big” about games or activities that they felt would get kids moving and be fun. The teachers then took these ideas and “set out to find ways to fund them,” Johnson said. As a result, Kaposia now has a Ninja Warrior warped wall, a railroad obstacle course, a fishing pond and more. “The kids love it when they see their dreams become reality.” 

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as food service equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation. Kaposia plans to use this latest grant to purchase additions for the railyard obstacle course, support the KEC Fuel Up to Play 60 student leadership team, and increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for our all Kaposia students.

When asked about this latest grant, it was evident that Johnson and Wanner love what they do and are inspired to use their creativity to make physical education a fun class for all students. “The best part of my job is watching students get excited about an activity, practicing that activity because they are having fun, and spreading their knowledge of the activity to others,” said Wanner. “I enjoy having the kids take that leadership role and watch them grow emotionally and physically as the days, months and weeks pass by.”