Cedar Grove gets grant for physical education

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By Sam Hickman

 Cedar Grove Middle School has received a grant from ING U.S. to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices to carry into adulthood.

The Brunswick County school is one of 59 recipients from 26 states across the U.S. to receive up to $2,500, according to a Sept. 17 news release.

Principal Rhonda Benton said the school will use to money to help with its “Girls on the Run Program” and as needed within the physical education department.

“It’s always exciting when you receive additional funding because money is tough to get right now,” said Benton. “This is exciting for our school and our P.E. department.”

In its fifth year, theING Run for Something Better School Awards Program is designed to help introduce students across the country to the benefits of running and active lifestyles through school-based running programs.

Cedar Grove will receive $1,000 immediately, and up to $2,500, based on the participation, to support a minimum of an eight-week running program that will conclude with a running event to celebrate the students’ achievements.

Benton said Cedar Grove students have already participated in many of runs in the Brunswick County community.

“ING U.S. is committed to supporting education and offering a solution to educators who are dedicated to helping their students get active and reduce childhood obesity,” Rhonda Mims, president of the ING U.S. Foundation and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility, said in the release. “Childhood obesity is an important social issue, and we realize schools need additional resources to help fully engage their students in enjoying and leading healthy lifestyles.”

Grant awards were available in all states and the District of Columbia to elementary or middle schools for running programs that targeted kindergarten- through eighth-grade students. Nearly 300 schools applied for the 2013 ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program. A review board consisting of 80 teachers and education administrators reviewed all applications.


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.