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Coach Sam Kilgore accepting $10,000 check from BCBST
Coach Sam Kilgore accepting $10,000 check from BCBST

$10,000 Shape the State Grant Awarded to

Whitwell Middle School


Marion County Coordinated School Health Director, Carol Bailey, is pleased to announce Whitwell Middle School is the recipient of a $10,000.00 Shape the State grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. 

BCBS chose 20 middle schools across Tennessee to receive this grant.  To be awarded this grant, the schools agreed to participate in trainings, complete evaluations and surveys, and to give interviews as needed.  The intent of the funding is to provide support for school districts to enhance Physical Education and Nutrition policies, to improve physical activity within the school, and to promote wellness initiatives for students and staff.

The grant funding will provide the nationally acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment for physical education classes and staff use after school hours.  In addition, the school will receive $1000.00 to support the school’s PE, nutrition, and wellness efforts.

With the Shape the State grant providing training, equipment and curriculum, the staff and students at Whitwell Middle School will increase their knowledge concerning the importance of a physically active lifestyle, making healthy choices and they will know good nutrition is essential to maintaining health throughout their lifetime.

Carol Bailey, CSH Director, would like to thank BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for providing Whitwell Middle School with the opportunity to improve their students’ health and academic success through the SPARK program and the $10,000 grant.