Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Local Elementary Receives "Health" Grant

Texas AgriLife Extension Service has secured the advice and support of Eddie Dougherty – Park and Recreation coordinator for the City of Rio Grande City in completing and upgrading the walking at Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary reports Yolanda Morado Extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

The school received a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to address and increase fitness and exercise of families whose children attend the school.

Grant monies have been allocated to improve the surface area of the track and purchase exercise equipment for families to use throughout the year.
The grant came about through the collaborative effort of Rio Grande City ISD, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the granter.

Along with promoting fitness the grant also includes various activities to encourage families to eat more fruits and vegetables.  A fall garden is planned by the school along with setting up a farmer’s market and food demonstrations using fruits and vegetables.

A committee made up of school administrators and staff, by leaders, Extension personnel, volunteers and school parents oversee the implementation of the grant.  The school site coordinator is Lillian Maldonado. 

Picture Cutline: Parks & Recreation coordinator Eddie Dougherty is providing guidance; advice and leadership to CPPW grant committee members, Lillian Maldonado school site coordinator Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary, Yolanda Morado and Rolando Zamora – Starr County Extension Agents.

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