WATERLOO — While Seneca County’s four school districts already promote healthy eating and physical activity, each is stepping up those efforts with grants through the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.
The grant money was used in these ways:
• Romulus — The district purchased grow towers, grow lights, lumber, soil, garden tools and a shed to help build and maintain the garden beds. A blender with an apple corer extension was provided to the baking and nutrition class to promote healthy meal preparation.
The district also purchased badminton, floor hockey and racquetball equipment, yoga mats and drum kits for physical education classes. More than 10 physical activity kits have been purchased to promote movement in pre-kindergarten classrooms, and sensory walking will be updated and expanded to provide elementary children with movement breaks throughout the day.
Elementary students will receive t-shirts that promote health and wellness on field days, and the district has formed a fitness club and after-school smart snack programs.
• SENECA FALLS — The district purchased grow towers for elementary and secondary schools. The Food Service, Go Green and Science clubs will receive supplies to build two raised beds. Frank Knight Elementary School will get a rock climbing wall and PE classes will be able to use scooters and Razor helmets. Mynderse Academy will receive a disc golf set and two table tennis tables.
• SOUTH SENECA — The district has formed a wellness committee that meets regularly to work on policy review and review. Culture towers are ordered for the next school year, and staff are briefed on how best to use the towers. Salad spinners and gardening supplies will also be provided for a student garden and the creation of a new unit on greenhouse gardening.
Middle school teachers will receive a playground cart to increase meaningful and engaging play and elementary schools will receive mini-trampolines.
• WATERLOO — The district has formed a wellness team that meets three times a year to review wellness initiatives, policies, and goals. Each school has a Wellness Coach who oversees programs at the building level. Five hydroponics racks and three hydroponics towers were purchased, allowing schools to grow up to 60 different fruits and vegetables. GaGa ball pits were built near the playgrounds of both elementary schools to provide more opportunities for physical activity.
Programs will continue through the 2022-23 school year.