CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Greenbrier County Schools have been awarded the first part of a $1.3 million federal grant to improve children’s health.
The $333,144 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will fund the Children’s Health Opportunities Involving Coordinated Efforts in Schools (CHOICES) project in the county’s middle schools. The project is a joint effort of the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and several community partners. The initial grant is part of a three-year request totaling $1.3 million.
“Research proves time and time again that there is a significant link between student health and learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “A healthy child does better on tests, has fewer behavior problems and has less absenteeism. This funding will allow more children to be served where children gather – at school.”
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