SJS-Fullerton Awarded Grant to Extend School Wellness Programs

St. Joseph School – Fullerton receives Kids Heart Challenge grant funds for health resources

AUGUST 31, 2022
The American Heart Association’s school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™, awarded $1,291 to St. Joseph School – Fullerton in Baltimore County, to purchase bocce and badminton equipment. The annual grant program supports schools by funding resources to extend school wellness programs.
The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, is helping educators make whole-body wellness a priority by bringing more resources to school campuses. Grant recipients are now able to expand their schools’ wellness offerings with additions such as physical activity equipment, water bottle filling stations and educator training opportunities on their campuses to encourage their students to stay healthy and active. The application process was open to all schools who participated in the school-based programs in the 2021-2022 school year.

“We have participated with the Kids Heart Challenge for a few years in connection with our monthly service to support strong and healthy students in February for Heart Health Awareness Month,” St. Joseph School – Fullerton Principal Chrissie Ashby said.

“As a non-profit organization we are eager to earn extra funds for our school that support our students in a variety of ways,” Ashby added. “By receiving this grant, we are able to extend our Physical Education program to now include bocce and improve our badminton equipment.  We are so excited to have these new materials for our students this year, and in years to follow.”

Last year, more than 265 students at St. Joseph School – Fullerton took a heart healthy challenge to move more or be kind through the Kids Heart Challenge program, and raised an incredible $23,395. Twenty-three additional students took their efforts to the next level and completed Finn’s Mission, learning the warning signs of a stroke and hands-only CPR.