Schools in 65 Kansas counties will take a slice from $148,758 in grant funds for Healthy Habits for Life. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation sponsors the program and recently announced the grant recipients.
The grants will be used during 2018 for a variety of programs ranging from purchasing heart monitors, healthy snacks or nutrition curriculum, to organizing health fairs and walking programs, a press release said. The amount of the grant was based on the sum the applicant requested, up to a cap of $1,000, the release said.
In McPherson County, schools where grants were awarded, including the applicant and the amount awarded for the project, included: Smoky Valley Middle School, school counselor Kevin Steinert, $1,000; Washington Elementary School, teacher Dawn Hoffman, $1,000; Canton-Galva Elementary School, PE teacher Barry Fritz, $994.64; Windom Elementary School, PE teacher Betsy Lafferty, $981.08; Inman Elementary School, principal Jo McFadden, $1,000
Other schools in the region receiving grants are:
— Barber: Medicine Lodge Grade School, teacher Heather Ludwick; $1,000
— Barton: Ellinwood Grade School, food service director Susie Batchman; $1,000
— Ellsworth: Central Plains Elementary School, food service director Kay Bailey; $1,000
— Finney: Holcomb Elementary School, PE running club Tim Parker, $705.86; Wiley Elementary School, PE teacher Ty Walker, $948; Gertrude Walker Elementary School, school nurse Teresa Utz, $1,000; Plymell School, school nurse Valerie Rainman, $1,000
— Grant: Sullivan Elementary School, school nurse Ilda Perez; $1,000
— Gray: Cimarron Jr./Sr. High School, principal Jara Wilson; $1,000
— Harvey: Bentley Primary School, PE/health teacher Marlys Gwaltney, $1,000; Hesston Elementary School, school nurse Tammi Krehbiel, $1,000; Hesston Middle School, PE/health teacher Todd Lafferty, $993.49
— Haskell: Satanta High School, family and consumer science teacher Judy Stuckey; $1,000
— Kingman: St. Patrick Catholic School, PE teacher Mary Meng; $999.99
— Morton: Rolla Elementary School, school nurse Cammie Heaton; $1,000
— Ness: Ness City Public Schools, principal/superintendent Derek Reinhardt; $1,000
— Pratt: Southwest Elementary School, school nurse Glenda Houdyshell; $1,000
— Reno: Reno Valley Middle School, PE teacher Jason Busche, $997; Fairfield USD 310, PE/health teacher Michael Treat, $998.39; St. Joseph Catholic School Ost, PE teacher Stacie Clupny, $940.85; Trinity Catholic High School, PE/health teacher Jan Frieb, $700
— Rice: Sterling Jr./Sr. High School, PE teacher Jill Rowland, $1,000; Little River Jr./Sr. High School, PE/health teacher Terry Renken, $1,000
— Seward: Kismet Elementary School, school nurse Norma Sanchez, $1,000; Southwestern Heights Jr. High School, school nurse Norma Sanchez, $1,000
— Stafford: Stafford USD 349, school nurse Kara Duncan; $1,000
— Stevens: Hugton Elementary School, KRR program coordinator Jacque Teeter; $1,000.