Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Action for Healthy Kids® Awards Playground Improvement Grant to Chesnut Charter Elementary
Refurbished Exercise Facilities Aid in School’s Increased Movement Initiatives

Chesnut Charter Elementary School today announced that it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK), the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity. The grant will support improvements to Chesnut’s playground.

With the Action for Healthy Kids grant funds, Chesnut has revitalized its decades old Iron Mountain Forge exercise structure -- replacing rotted wood planks and safety caps for metal poles, and replenishing mulch to provide the requisite soft floor for students dismounting. The AFHK award has also funded brand new Iron Mountain Forge signage that demonstrates sample exercise activities – restoring it to a fully functional exercise structure for the students. As part of playground improvements in Chesnut’s lower field, the grant also paid for new balls and fresh gravel to refurbish Chesnut’s tetherball courts, which had fallen into disuse.

“Chesnut teachers, parents and administration recognize that opportunities to engage in physical activity throughout the school day can positively affect our students’ well-being and help them to focus during lessons. We are very grateful to Action for Healthy Kids’ for this generous grant that is helping Chesnut move forward with our increased movement objectives,“ said Veronica Williams, Chesnut’s Principal. “The refurbished playground facilities are already attracting Chesnut’s students at recess and during the after-care program, affording them with increased opportunities to be physically active.”

About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. The organization partners with a legion of dedicated volunteers - teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within the ranks of their 34,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes. After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. AFHK's programs, tools and resources make it possible so that many people can.
AFHK's grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70 organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, they're giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are - in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground - with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play every day. More information is available at www.ActionforHealthyKids.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

About Chesnut Charter Elementary School
Chesnut Charter School was established in 1968 to meet the needs of the Peachtree/Dunwoody community. In the 2000-2001 school year, Chesnut began operating as a Charter School committed to educating the whole child - developing young people who are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, well rounded, physically active, and thoughtful. Chesnut strives for it students to become honorable and contributing citizens, who are internally motivated to achieve their highest potential. Chesnut’s Wellness Action Team, part of the school’s Parent Teacher Council, promotes healthy habits and environment for students, families, faculty and staff in support of DeKalb County's Wellness Policy. By soliciting community, family and staff input, the Wellness Team develops and executes the Chesnut's School Health Improvement Action Plan, which addresses physical, mental and emotional wellness that lead to greater success inside and out of the classroom. 

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