LiveWell Greenville is excited to award $13,000 in grants for healthy schools striving to “make the healthy choice the easy choice.” The mini-grants are designed to give schools a leg up in adhering to the USDA Smart Snacks for Schools guidelines which went into effect in July. School innovators have established creative fundraising practices to support healthy eating and active living, and the grants provide funding to implement these practices.
JL Mann High School has worked hard to bolster nutrition in its school store and will use its funding to purchase two microwaves and to install a high voltage outlet. Sharon Totherow, PTSA volunteer and manager of the school store, states, “I’m honestly excited about finding healthy options for the students. It’s very challenging, but I am at Walmart almost daily and have resorted to contacting food makers directly to find healthy items that are appealing to the students. It helps that I love to shop, but it does take a bit more research to find good quality snacks, drinks, and meal options that conform to the guidelines. Overall, the students have adjusted to fewer candy options and snacks with higher calories. They are choosing the healthy options we now offer.”
Tenth grade student Misha Dimmick said, “I like the healthy options like the fruit cups and wheat bagels. They fill me up and help me get through the school day. And they’re even tasty!”
The JL Mann administration is supportive of the new menu. Principal Charles Mayfield said, “We are so glad to partner with LiveWell Greenville as we make healthy changes and continue to improve the culture of our school.”
Hughes Academy also has become very creative in their fundraising efforts. They now offer a fruit Smoothie Bar for their students. Jill Rothstein, Hughes PTSA Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator states, “We are super excited to offer this option to our students. The smoothies are proof that healthy options are also delicious! We are so thankful to LiveWell Greenville for offering the funds to purchase the blenders and signage to market this fundraiser.”