Gov. Bredesen, legislators announce $95,000 for Pickett County Schools
Governor Phil Bredesen, Senator Charlotte Burks and Representative Les Winningham today announced $95,000 in grants for Pickett County Schools to continue Coordinated School Health Partnerships, encouraging systems to build strong relationships with local resources to improve students’ health.
“I am pleased to know that we can continue to support local school students with funding that will provide them the resources necessary to protect the physical, mental and emotional health of Tennessee’s students,” Gov. Bredesen said.
“A student’s health can support or hinder academic success and it is our responsibility to ensure a stronger generation through partnerships like the Coordinated School Health initiative and CoverKids.”
Since piloting 10 partnerships in 2002, Tennessee has dedicated a steady stream of funding that has in turn resulted in an additional $4 million gain at the district level as the result of partnerships developed by local CSH Coordinators. Through these partnerships, families, community members and schools are brought together to focus on health awareness, physical activity, healthy nutrition and counseling services.
“Health education for children is more important than ever and with continued funding, we can make changes across the board that will influence our students now and as adults,” Sen. Burks said.
Each year, school systems can reapply for the grant that provides for or continues support of a full time CSH Coordinator, assistants if needed, basic office supplies or travel expenses. Assembled teams at the local level build relationships with local agencies, write grant applications and collect data.
“Establishing a foundation of healthy living is something we can do for each student that will support their academic success not only in the early years, but as they mature to the high school and college level,” Rep. Winningham said.