AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children (HSHC) awarded $31,800 in 38 mini-grants to schools in Atlantic County during garden and wellness training sessions January 14. The grants support new and existing school gardens and wellness activities.
AtlantiCare introduced its HSHC Program in 2005. It now partners with 89 schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. AtlantiCare HSHC awarded the 2014-2015 mini-grants to schools that demonstrated innovative initiatives aimed at encouraging physical activity and healthy eating habits among students and their families as well as staff.
“Training sessions are a wonderful opportunity for school gardeners to come together and learn from experts on gardening topics, and brainstorm ways to infuse gardens into classroom curriculum,” said Laura Engelmann, MHA, Community Health and Wellness manager, AtlantiCare. “We’re pleased to continue supporting school gardening programs. We’re excited about the wellness activities in which the schools have been participating, and will continue to engage students, families and staff in with the help of these grants.”
AtlantiCare provided the following grants:
$1,500 New Edible School Garden Award – Cedar Creek High School, Egg Harbor City
$500 Sustained School Garden Award – Galloway Township Middle School, Galloway
$800 Healthy School & Healthy Garden Award – Emma C. Attales Middle School, Absecon – H. Ashton Marsh Elementary School, Absecon
$800 School Wellness Award – Egg Harbor City Community School, Egg Harbor City