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Foundation to fund expansion of program in Greencastle

May 11, 2007

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Summit Endowment has agreed to provide $92,516 to expand a wellness program at the Greencastle-Antrim elementary and middle schools, according to a Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation news release.

Both schools this year participated in the Lewis & Clark Project, which aims to encourage good attitudes and behaviors in students.

Elementary teachers and students were given pedometers to record the number of steps they walked daily. As of March, 68 percent of students were walking at least three days per week and recording steps.

The walking effort was tied to the American history curriculum as students walked their way across the Lewis & Clark Trail. In the first semester, all students received a Lewis & Clark coloring book as a participation incentive.

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An after-school program seeks to teach important fitness and nutrition lessons.

Features for the coming year include increased professional development, a way for parents to become active participants in their children's nutritional choices at school and summer programming for students, officials said.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with the Summit Endowment in addressing the lifelong wellness needs of our Greencastle-Antrim students," said Ginny Lays, executive director of the education foundation.

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