THOMPSONVILLE — The Manistee County Community Foundation has announced recipients of the Summer 2020 grant round, including a grant for Betsie Valley Elementary School to fund an initiative to get students excited for an active, healthy lifestyle.
The $3,545 grant will be used for the Betsie Valley Healthy Kid Power Project, which will provide exercise trackers for students as part of a broader program within the school to support and encourage students to live healthy lifestyles. The tracker bands will track physical activity and movement. The program, still in development, will reward students for their progress in meeting fitness goals.
“We’re really excited that the Manistee County Community Foundation supported us in doing this project,” said Amiee Erfourth, superintendent of Benzie Central Schools. “We’re glad they saw the potential of trying to get kids and families more active, and we’re appreciative they supported our vison.”
Erfourth said the school has been exploring fitness band and tracking application options.
“We’re trying to get kids to move not only at school but at home,” she said. “We were working on a variety of options for the program, including where students can walk when at school. Kids love having a goal to reach, and they love a challenge.”
More information on the Betsie Valley Healthy Kid Power Project will be in a future edition of the Benzie County Record Patriot and at recordpatriot.com.
The grants were funded through the Foundation’s Minger Family Endowment Fund and Manistee County Quality of Life Fund, and support projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for Manistee County residents, today and for future generations.
The Minger Family Endowment Fund was established in 2017 through the remarkable generosity of Forest R. Minger, Jr. to enhance access to recreation and recreational opportunities in Manistee County. Recent grant awards include:
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