2016-01-07 / Community

St. Francis de Sales receives grant to encourage fitness and wellness


St. Francis de Sales School Principal Melissa Wood, left, is shown receiving a grant check from Dean Wood, chair of the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation. 
Courtesy photo St. Francis de Sales School Principal Melissa Wood, left, is shown receiving a grant check from Dean Wood, chair of the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – St. Francis de Sales Catholic School recently received three grants totaling $3,178.

The first grant, a $1,500 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Building Healthy Communities Program, will benefit the school in its pursuit to encourage fitness and wellness among students. The grant was written by third grade teacher Edie Erickson.

“This grant will benefit our students by educating them on how to become healthier, and will also provide fun activities to keep them active,” SFdS Principal Melissa Wood explained.

Part of the wellness grant funds a premium subscription to www.GoNoodle.com, a website that provides fun, interactive activities for students to do in the classroom.

“These activities are great to use as ‘brain-breaks’, allowing the kids to move around a bit and then refocus on schoolwork throughout the day,” Wood explained.

The second grant, written by Wood, along with Devin Lawrence and Don Erickson, was awarded by the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation. This grant for $1,078 will provide funds to upgrade the school’s wireless infrastructure.

“This grant will allow our students and staff to have the latest technology at their fingertips,” Wood said. “It will enhance learning by integrating technology in the classroom.”

Seventh and eighth grade teacher Don Erickson wrote the third grant requesting funds to be used toward the eighth grade class trip. Target awarded SFdS $600 to be used to fund the eighth grade students’ trip to Detroit to tour the Holocaust Memorial Center Museum and the Sea Life Aquarium.

“We are thankful to Target for providing these funds to our students,” Wood said. “It will provide them with valuable handson learning for their class trip this spring.”

Wood said she is particularly thankful to the local community foundation for its generosity.

“We are humbled and grateful for the support of our local Schoolcraft County Community Foundation for helping fund our wireless infrastructure upgrade,” Wood said. “This will provide technological support for our students in the computer lab, the laptops in our junior high classrooms, as well as for our staff. It will also help us provide students with up-to-date technology at the classroom level, making learning interactive and fun!

We feel grateful and blessed for all of these donations,” she added. “St. Francis de Sales’ students and staff will benefit for years to come because of the generosity of the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Target.”

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School offers tuition scholarships for students who need them. Call the school office at (906) 341- 5512 or visit www.sfdsraiders.com for more information.

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