Discovery Academy Awarded “Fuel to Play 60? Grant

Sep 12, 2014

The CREC Discovery Academy will fund nutrition and physical fitness initiatives with the $1,135 grant it recently received from the New England Dairy and Food Council. The Fuel Up to Play 60 grant will be used to purchase special equipment that will keep milk and other perishable food safe for students. The money will also be used to promote healthy choices by making healthier foods more visible to students standing in the lunch line, by keeping healthy foods at appropriate temperatures, and by providing passive nutrition education through colorful posters and bulletin board displays. 

In addition, the grant will allow the CREC Discovery Academy to establish a morning walking club that will be led by physical education teacher Mike Mancini. The club is expected to start off small and then expand in August 2015 when the CREC Discovery Academy moves into its permanent home—a new building on Cumberland Road in Wethersfield.

“We couldn’t be more excited about receiving this grant,” said CREC Discovery Academy Principal Lynn Toper. “A strong focus on healthy eating and physical fitness is so important for our students to ensure their overall well-being.”

The New England Dairy and Food Council officially presented the check to Toper and CREC Food Services Program Coordinator Jeff Sidewater on September 10. Grant sponsor Ned Ellis, of Mapleleaf Farm in Hebron, was also in attendance and met with students. “The New England Dairy and Food Council is pleased to be able to provide CREC Discovery Academy with funds to improve their school wellness environment,” said Amanda Aldred, a school nutrition specialist for the council. “I look forward to seeing their Fuel Up to Play 60 program progress during the school year.”

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