Superintendent's Memo #058-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 25, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity for Safe Routes to School and School Vending Machine Audit

Prevention Connections, an educational and charitable organization committed to improving the health of individuals and communities, is offering a second round of mini-grant funding to raise awareness and provide resources to assist schools in making small changes to impact the epidemic of childhood obesity.  Approximately one in three children in Virginia are overweight or obese, and Prevention Connections is committed to the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity through education to improve the health of individuals and communities.  Funding for the following mini-grants has been made available through a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant.

The Prevention Connection Safe Routes to School Program is accepting applications until November 30, 2011, for $2,000 mini-grants to support a walk and bike to school event.  Using a simple, online application process available at www.preventionconnections.org, schools identify a project promoting increased walking and/or biking opportunities for their students.  Title I elementary and middle schools, as well as middle schools with at least a 40 percent enrollment rate in the school’s free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply.  If you have additional questions, please contact Ashley Johnson, by e-mail at ajohnson@preventionconnections.org or by telephone at (804) 225-3004.

Prevention Connections is also accepting applications for $500 to support school vending machine audits.  This $500 mini-grant is for schools to complete a simple survey of the content in their vending machines, and to consider healthier snack options for their students.  Title I middle schools as well as middle and high schools with at least a 40 percent enrollment rate in the school’s free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply.  The grant application is available at www.preventionconnections.org, and the deadline for submission is November 30, 2011.  If you have questions, please contact Amanda Mullins, by e-mail at amullins@preventionconnections.org or by telephone at (804) 371-2589.

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