Fair Oaks Elementary and Garden City Elementary are proud recipients of $1,000 Game On grants from Action for Healthy Kids for the 2019-2020 school year. These schools are two of 121 sites nationwide that received funding from community partner Cargill this year.
Both Fair Oaks and Garden City used the grant money to invest in students’ well-being—promoting nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness to ensure all students are healthy, active and ready to learn.
At Fair Oaks, students are already benefiting from the purchase of a Gaga Ball Pit that was designed and built by a local Boy Scout, said Resource Manager Katie Deneson. The Gaga Ball Pit encourages physical activity and gives students another active recess option; more importantly, perhaps, is that no specific sport skill is needed to play.
“Many students who don’t normally play organized sports during recess are playing this game,” Deneson added. “It is a way of making all students feel part of the big group and is a success because they are running and laughing and going after the ball!”
At Garden City, School Counselor Rachel Lund said her site recently purchased mindfulness materials such as chimes, breathing balls, calm down bottles and yoga blocks.
“The other half [of the grant money] is for healthy classroom parties and celebrations,” she added. “We are making kits for classes to use when they earn rewards.”
Fair Oaks and Garden City are among 19 schools statewide to receive Game On grants this year. Fair Oaks has been awarded a Game On grant each of the past four years.
Since 2009, Action for Healthy Kids has provided $8.7 million in grants to help schools accomplish their student wellness goals. Learn more