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Valley News Dispatch

Deer Lakes receives nearly $4K grant from NFL, American Dairy Association

Emily Balser
| Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Deer Lakes School District
Deer Lakes School District

The Deer Lakes School District has received a nearly $4,000 grant to help fund healthy food options and physical education equipment for students.

The grant comes from the National Football League and the American Dairy Association North East’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The program is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the American Dairy Association, the NFL and the USDA to help young people lead healthier lives.

The money will be split between the district’s physical education and food services departments. The majority of the money will go toward the purchase of a new dairy cooler and new fitness equipment, the district said on its website.

This is the third year the district has received the grants, which brings the total to about $20,000.

The district has used past grants to purchase breakfast carts and blenders so students have better access to healthy nutritional options. The district has also purchased physical education and recess equipment.

Through the American Dairy Association North East, students from Deer Lakes have had the opportunity to meet Pittsburgh Steelers Arthur Moats and Cam Heyward at Heinz Field, where they discussed wellness initiatives and the value of healthy eating and exercise.

“We are very proud and humbled to have again been recognized by the NFL and the American Dairy Association for the wellness initiatives we’ve implemented over the past few years including Laps for Learning, increased recess opportunities for our students and other daily activities that encourage our students and staff to lead healthier, less sedentary lifestyles,” said Assistant Superintendent Bobbi-Ann Barnes.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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