Shawnee Public Schools Receives $30,000 TSET Grant
Shawnee Public School District was honored during a recent Shawnee Board of Education meeting for efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Incentive Program for schools.
Julie Bisbee, interim executive director, and Sharon Howard, TSET healthy incentive program manager for schools, presented a plaque and $30,000 check to Dr. April Grace, superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools; Maria Isenhower, director of school nutrition services; Shawnee Board of Education members; and staff from the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Pottawatomie County.
"These grants recognize the efforts of school districts and school sites that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles," said Bisbee. "Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school, and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community."
To receive the incentive grant, Shawnee Public Schools put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness for students and staff. The district will use grant funds to purchase hydration stations at multiple sites to encourage increased water consumption for students and staff, whole body and mind fitness training and equipment for staff and students, and cafeteria seating and nutrition training.
The incentive grant criteria focus on strengthening district wellness policies to improve school nutrition, increasing physical activity and student well-being, and providing tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families. These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Incentive grant funds must be used for projects or programs to improve health.
The TSET Healthy Living Program serving Pottawatomie County works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity by partnering with schools, community organizations, work sites and local governments to promote healthy choices. Healthy Living Program staff collaborate with community champions across all sectors and throughout the county in order to make Pottawatomie County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
TSET was created by a constitutional amendment in 2000 as a long-term strategy to improve health and to ensure settlement payments from a 1998 multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry are used to improve the health of all Oklahomans. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.