Delran Township Public Schools Awarded Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant to fund Bear Wellness Counts: A School Wellness Council
Delran, NJ (August 24, 2015) – Sustainable Jersey for Schools representatives announced today that Delran Township Public Schools has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant. Delran is one of twenty-nine schools and school districts in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant at the $4,000 level for this funding cycle. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, is providing $116,000 in grants to districts and schools.
The project allocates funding to educate students, staff members and the Delran community on the importance of physical activity, the realities of childhood obesity as well as the needs of all special education children in the community. The grant funding will allow the district to secure informative pep rallies for the community, help support staff member, student and community wellness and develop and execute a community assessment to help drive the direction of the wellness initiative in Delran. Additionally, the messages in the wellness campaign will allow Delran Township Public Schools to generate awareness for Jake Place Too, an initiative to support inclusive play areas for residents with disabilities tentatively planned for the Delran Community Park pending funding.
Currently, 95 districts and 269 schools have registered to work toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. “These grants will support districts and schools that are registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools as they tackle important health and wellness actions,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. “This grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Health is especially important in this inaugural year of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program as schools work to become certified for the first time.”
The New Jersey Department of Health is funding the grants through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant. Technical assistance to grant recipients will be provided by three of the Department of Health’s regional partners: AtlantiCare (south), EmPoWER Somerset (central) and The Center for Prevention and Counseling (north).
About Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. Launched in October 2014, Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a program of Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs. The process is one hundred percent voluntary and each school can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Clean Energy Program and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Small Grants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools are underwritten by the PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the New Jersey Department of Health. The Founding Sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. The program supporters are the Foundation for Educational Administration and the Bayer Foundation.
Program partners include: New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey.