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Eleven Schools to Share Nearly $527,000 to Improve Playgrounds

June 10, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eleven schools across West Virginia are the recipients of playground improvements grants totaling nearly $527,000 as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity.

The West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the Bureau for Public Health have joined forces to promote student health and wellness through the distribution of the grants.

Each school chosen to receive the grant will receive $50,000 or less. The money can be be used to purchase of playground equipment or fund construction and renovation projects.

“The purpose of this project is to increase the availability of safe, durable and inviting physical activity spaces for schools and the communities – and children -- they serve,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “ The bottom line is healthy students have a greater capacity to learn and are ultimately more successful in school and life so we have to do all we can to support healthy living.”

The schools to receive the grants are in big towns and small across the state. They are:

  • Valley Elementary in Preston County: $50,000
  • Nitro Elementary in Kanawha County: $49,960
  • George Ward Elementary in Randolph County: $50,000
  • Valley Head Elementary in Randolph County: $50,000
  • Mill Creek Intermediate in Berkeley County: $48,630
  • Mountain View Elementary and Middle School in Monroe County: $50,000
  • Midway Elementary in Lincoln County: $49,500
  • Junior Elementary in Barbour County: $49,295
  • Martin Elementary in Wood County: $49,000
  • Culloden Elementary in Cabell County: $50,000
  • Gilbert Elementary in Mingo County: $30,700.

A slideshow of the grant ceremony is available at http://static.k12.wv.us/ss/2011/playground-improvements/.

For more information, contact  the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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