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M.E. Lewis Elementary wins SHAPE Grant
M.E. Lewis Elementary wins SHAPE Grant

M.E. Elementary School has been awarded a Georgia SHAPE grant.

According to a release, the Hancock County school is one of 15 schools to earn the grant for physical activity and nutrition plans.

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M.E. Lewis Elementary is pleased to announce being awarded the Georgia SHAPE Grant Round III for the remainder of the 2014 school year. M.E. Lewis is one of fifteen schools across Georgia that was awarded grant funds to develop physical activity and nutrition plans. The funding is a part of a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s SHAPE Initiative which has provided a total of $45,000 for Georgia SHAPE Schools. The focus of the Georgia SHAPE Initiative is to target childhood obesity, Hancock County Board of Education 11311 Hwy. 15. North Post Office Box 488 Sparta, GA 31087 Phone: (706) 444-5775 Fax: (706) 444-7026 www.hancock.k12.ga.us Where Excellence is the Standard H.C.B.O.E. which can have a profound impact on a child’s health and well-being into adulthood. The state of Georgia ranks 10th in the U.S. for having an overweight and obese child population. Members of the M.E. Lewis Elementary Wellness Council joined with other SHAPE Grantee Schools from across the state in attending the Healthy Schools Summit in Atlanta on Wednesday, February 26th. In attendance were policy makers, researchers whose focus was in the area of physical activity and its effects on children, principals, educators, nurses, nutritional directors, and parents. The Summit included opportunities to hear, discuss, and share ideas along with the importance and the need for promoting health and wellness in schools. One speaker was a principal from Bibb County who took drastic steps in improving her health by making healthier lifestyle choices, and in return strove to change the health environment for her staff, students, and community. Mr. Charles Jones, Principal of M.E. Lewis, alluded to the need to promote health and wellness in the school because of the relationship that exists between student health and student academic achievement. “It is so important for our kids to be healthy, thus creating an environment that promotes wellness to positively impact our students’ academic achievements.” Keitha Walls, Nurse for M.E. Lewis added, “It was impactful hearing from other school nurses in what they were doing at their schools in promoting wellness. I knew I wanted my role and responsibilities as a school nurse to go beyond giving out medication, but to also promote wellness and physical activity.” She continues, “I was able to see how the school staff can work together and accomplish so much more when promoting nutrition, health, wellness, and physical activity as a team and not by yourself.” The M.E. Lewis Elementary Wellness Council is actively seeking community members, business partners, and others interested in promoting health, wellness, and impacting lives at the elementary school. For information please contact Patrick Graney at M.E. Lewis Elementary at (706) 444-7028 or by email pgraney@hancock.k12.ga.us. 


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