On September 26, Sharon Cater of Walter Jackson Elementary School was proud to accept a Be Healthy School Grant of $10,000 from BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama to support her Physical Education classroom.
The majority of the money ($8,000) will be used to support the school’s participation in the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program. The program uses a curriculum based on fitness and nutrition education, and it doesn’t end with the time students have to participate in PE each day. The program instead credits their success to the idea that “the combination of education, consistency, full family engagement and regular practice ensures that healthy lifestyles are adopted and significant and measurable physical benefits are achieved.”
Cater is thrilled to have support for her school’s participation in HEAL, calling the program “an exciting way to pump up the excitement for what [she] already believes in.”
Tamara Caudle, Principal of Walter Jackson Elementary, is likewise enthusiastic to be receiving money that will enhance their PE programs. She states, “…I am very excited for what it means for the students of Walter Jackson. This grant provides an opportunity to bring a greater awareness to the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle that begins at a young age…”
In addition to supporting the school’s incorporation of the HEAL program, some of the grant funds will be used to provide new equipment to encourage exercise and prepare for state physical fitness tests and to provide incentives for students to participate in the school’s jogging program.
Congratulations, Sharon Cater, for receiving this grant, and thank you for the work you do to support the health and wellness of our DCS students!