Representatives of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and Shawnee Public Schools Child Nutrition Department Celebrate a $30,000 Grant that has been used to promote student health and wellness.
Shawnee Public Schools students now have even more options for learning about and practicing health and wellness, thanks to a partnership with TSET (Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust).
The TSET Healthy Incentive Grant, originally awarded in 2019, has SPS to purchase numerous health-related items for schools across the district. This week, TSET representatives returned to the district to celebrate the three-year partnership and to present a commemorative check to the Department of Child Nutrition.
Purchases made possible through the grant include:
-Hydration stations at various sites
-A gas range at Shawnee Middle School
-New AEDs at various sites
-A dishwasher at Shawnee High School
-Whole body and mind fitness training and equipment
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.
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.