Dr. Connie G. White, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Public Health for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Bobby Ratliff, director of the Gateway District Health Department, presented a check in the amount of $40,000 to the Rowan County School Board. The grant, which comes from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services through the Gateway District Health Department, will help fund the Rowan County Schools Early Childhood Healthy Living Initiative.
Tami Buttry and Michelle Guy, who both work for Rowan County Schools, wrote and submitted a proposal for an Early Childhood Healthy Living Initiative grant from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. This initiative will help children from preschool through 5th grade learn about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes the benefits of getting enough physical exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and staying away from tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances. The grant also encourages parents to take a more active role in helping their children by learning how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle through seminars, activities, or dinners offered by the District.
Before presenting the check, Dr. White stated, “It has been shown that one in five high school students who are making Ds or Fs cannot name one trusted adult in their lives. We’re hoping that programs like this one here in Rowan County Schools will change that statistic.”
Speaking of the purpose of the grant, Superintendent Marvin Moore stated, “We’ve heard too many tragic stories of young people who have taken ‘a wrong turn’ and their families have been left to deal with the consequences of these tragic decisions. This Early Childhood Healthy Living Initiative will give our teachers and parents the tools they need to ensure that children as young as preschoolers learn how vital it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”