The Women's Council awarded 15 grants totaling $7,500 to area schoolteachers to support child wellness and fitness initiatives.
This year’s recipients include Amy Hubbard, Randi House, and Shea Griffith and Danette Dunn from Theodore Jones Elementary School, Amanda Krell from Carolyn Lewis Elementary School, Melanie Church from Marguerite Vann Elementary School, Evada Fields from Simon Middle School, Marcia Pierce and Melissa Patterson from Conway Junior High School, and Andrea Fournier from Conway High School.
The grants to these teachers will be used for a variety of projects- including a "Garden Cafe," funding for the school's backpack program, additional equipment for the school's students with disabilities, a wellness fair for parents and students, calorie/fitness trackers, and many more.
“I am very proud to see the impact the Conway Regional Women’s Council is making on the health of our children through our Teacher’s Grant program,” said Dot Welch, Associate Director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation and Women’s Council. “The leadership and dedication shown by this group of women is awesome. They truly care about our community.”
"I applied for the grant in order to make physical activity time (recess) more purposeful for students with disabilities," said Teacher Amy Hubbard. "I am using the grant to purchase an adaptable basketball goal and equipment."
This is the second year for the grant program which is available to schools within the Conway Regional service area (Faulkner, Cleburne, Perry, Conway and Van Buren counties). The program centers around childhood obesity awareness and prevention and offers PreK-12th grade educators financial support for innovative classroom programs promoting physical activity, good nutrition and/or personal wellness.
“Through the Teacher’s Grant, the Women’s Council is offering educators the opportunity to impact the lives of their students today and into the future,” said Jennifer Hill, president of the Women’s Council.
The Conway Regional Women’s Council is a volunteer, advocacy and fundraising organization supporting the Conway Regional Health System.