UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District will use a $5,211 grant for a program that teaches 5K students about the importance of eating healthy.
In a statement released Monday, the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that the Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board of Trustees had approved a total of $642,968 in grants to be awarded to 24 recipients in 2014. The grant recipients were named at a June 25 ceremony at Spartanburg Medical Center. The announcement further stated that the grants are funded entirely by donations to the Foundation, and will support programs at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and throughout the Upstate community.
“We are proud to support nonprofits and hospital programs that work to make Spartanburg a healthier community,” said Kristy Caradori, Executive Director and Vice President of Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “We are grateful to our donors for providing us the opportunity to give back to our community and hospital.”
Among the agencies receiving grants was the Union County School District which was awarded $5,211 “to provide funding for fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstration supplies, grocery store tours, and participation incentives (pedometers) as part of the Healthy Explorers program for kindergarten students and their families in all elementary schools.”
The grant award was welcome by Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall who said the funds will be used to support the district’s healthy lifestyles program which teaches 5K students the importance of proper nutrition and making healthy food choices.
“We are thrilled to receive funding from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation to support our healthy lifestyles program,” Woodall said. “First Steps will serve as our partner to provide grocery store tours involving healthy selections. Our kindergarten teachers and assistants will continue to work with local farmers to sample produce options during snack times. We also teach the 5k students about why the fruit or vegetable is an important component of nutrition.”