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May 17, 2013

Fort Gibson awarded a Healthy Schools Grant

Fort Gibson Public Schools was one of 26 districts to be awarded a Healthy Schools Incentive Grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, according to a media release.

The Oklahoma TSET Board of the Directors at their recent quarterly board meeting approved a $3,000 grant for Fort Gibson Schools.

“We are pleased so many Oklahoma school districts are working to make their schools healthy places to work, learn and play,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director, in the release. “Fort Gibson Public School is enacting policies that make a difference in children’s lives. This grant highlights the achievements of Fort Gibson and their efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Grant funds are used to support coordinated school health. Fort Gibson Schools received “basic” status to enhance their efforts.

The district plans to use the money to provide staff development and curriculum and resources in the areas of bullying, cyber-bullying, suicide prevention, child abuse, nutrition and other health areas, according to the release.

Fort Gibson Schools is committed to improving the health of our children and our community, said Superintendent Derald Glover in the release.

“We are indebted to our healthy school committee staff, led by Mary Cawvey, for their leadership and efforts,” he said.

This is the first year for the Healthy Schools Incentive Grant Program and a total of $189,000 in grants were awarded to school districts across the state.

School districts were eligible to apply if at least 50 percent of their school sites were certified by the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Schools program. Grants were awarded based on district enrollment size and specific criteria met.

Individual schools within the district were required to be certified through the Shape Your Future Certified Healthy Schools Program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the State Department of Health.

Other area school district incentive grant recipients were Gore and Tahlequah.

TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long-term strategy to ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry are used to improve Oklahoma’s health status.

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