Posted Date: 06/08/2021
Garfield Elementary will have receive health education funds, curriculum, evaluation tools, and support thanks to a grant from Healthy Schools Oklahoma.
The school was selected to receive the support for physical activity, nutrition, injury prevention, tobacco use prevention, and oral health education. Healthy Schools OK has not disclosed the exact amount for the grant, only that the school was selected for the honor.
Garfield principal, Amanda Rader, expressed her gratitude for her staff being provided this opportunity.
“I am very excited for the potential effects that this program can have on the health, fitness and well-being of the students at Garfield,” said Rader. “I look forward to the partnership with Healthy Schools OK.”
Garfield physical education teachers will attend a Summer Health Institute and be given eSpark curriculum, which is activity-based reading and math lessons. The grant provides additional funding, approximately $15,000, for an Action Based Learning lab which will involve academic learning through movement.
“Anytime we can get a grant that focuses on the health and well-being of our students it is a good thing,” said assistant superintendent of elementary education, Randy Rader. “Although our PE programs put a great deal of focus on the physical activity aspect, anytime we can have curriculum and special training that puts a specific focus on things like nutrition, tobacco use prevention, and oral health education, it is a win for our students. This is an exciting opportunity for the students and teachers at Garfield.”
Garfield counselor, Shannon Robinson, applied for the grant in the spring of 2021. The new curriculum and supplies will be implemented in the fall of 2021 and benefit all students at Garfield.
Healthy Schools OK’s mission is to promote and maintain healthy lifestyle choices in Oklahoma through preventive, community-based, school health education programs for students, their families, and faculty.