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TSET Board of Directors Awards Incentive Grants to Three School Districts

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 13, 2014) – The Board of Directors for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust on Thursday awarded incentive grants to three school districts that have implemented strategies to promote health and wellness for students and staff.

The board approved a total of $11,000 in incentive grants to the following school districts: Maud (Pottawatomie County); McLoud (Pottawatomie County) and Pawhuska (Osage County).

The school districts plan to use their grant funds for a variety of projects that make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Maud will use its $3,000 in grant funds to build a new track and repair the district’s swimming pool. McLoud will use its $5,000 grant to help build new sidewalks. Pawhuska will use its $3,000 grant to improve student safety on school buses.

This is the second round of grants the TSET Board of Directors has awarded to schools and school districts this year. The grants and supporting wellness policies and programs have impacted more than 126,000 students across Oklahoma since the grant program began in 2013.

TSET offers incentive grants to school districts that have met grant criteria and been recognized as Certified Healthy Schools as part of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program. Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Incentive grants for school districts are based on district enrollment and strategies implemented. Grant funds may be used for projects that promote eating better, moving more and being tobacco free.

 “Schools play a vital role in promoting healthy lifestyles for staff, students and communities, and preparing the next generation to be part of a healthy workforce,” said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. “Research shows that active students have active brains that improve test scores and academic performance. We’re pleased to recognize these Oklahoma schools for having demonstrated a relationship with the community, active parental involvement, and success in making the healthy choice the easy choice.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693  

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