$250 in Coordinated School Health mini-grants awarded to four teachers at Dayton City School
Four teachers at Dayton City School were recipients of a Coordinated School Health mini-grant of $250. Each educator acquired several health-related items for use in the classroom. Pictured above with some of the items are, from left to right, Rhonda Martin, Nela Swiney, Jennifer Spengler and Dorothy Montgomery.
Published: 11:22 AM, 03/22/2013
Last updated: 11:43 AM, 03/22/2013
Source: The Herald-News
Coordinated School Health (CSH) awarded four Dayton City School
teachers with mini-grants to be used to address the health education needs of the students in their
DCS teachers Dorothy Montgomery, Nela Swiney, Jennifer Spengler and Rhonda Martin
were each awarded $250 grants. “Activity materials purchased will be used by first or second grade
students to practice and improve large motor skills,” Montgomery said. “I plan to
encourage balance activities along with cardiovascular movement that can be done in the classroom or
According to Dayton City School Coordinated School Health Director Kim
Travis, grant requirements were that funds must be used in accordance with one of the CSH
modules. Modules include Health Education, Physical Activity/Physical Education, Nutrition,
Health Services, Healthy School Environment, Family and Community Involvement, Health Promotion for
Staff and Counseling, Psychological and Social Services.
Research has shown that there is a
vital link between learning and health. Physically active children achieve higher math scores,
are calmer in class and are less absent in school, according to Travis. Being sedentary is an
academic issue. Research supports a connection between being active and improved brain
Mrs. Spengler plans to increase health and safety education in her
classroom with learning centers.
“I am glad I was able to use this mini-grant to provide
my students with more hands-on activities that cover health topics,” Spengler said. “My
students are excited to have new books to read in our classroom, and they always love to have new
activities and games for learning centers.”
Adults are aware how important education is for
success and the main focus of Coordinated School Health is to improve the lives of youth by
recognizing that children must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.
One of Mrs. Martin’s student said, “I am very thankful and we really like the
stuff to play with.” While another student said, “Thank you, that was very nice of
you. We will have fun with them.”
According to Travis, by encouraging students to
enjoy learning while connecting health with education, everyone wins.