The Ballard Community School District in Iowa now has the resources to implement Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives, thanks to three grants totaling $9,750.

The Midwest Dairy Council applied for a grant from the Monsanto Fund on behalf of Ballard Community Schools to help fund Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives in the district. Monsanto Fund approved a $5,000 grant to Fuel Up to Play 60’s non-profit GenYOUth Foundation to support Ballard School’s efforts to jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. As part of that fund agreement, $1,000 of that grant paid for a trained consultant to assist the district in implementing the plans. In addition to the funds from Monsanto, Ballard was also awarded additional grant monies totaling $5,750 by Fuel Up to Play 60 to help fund the initiative.

The district received the funds in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, December 18 at Ballard Middle School in Huxley, Iowa. Kim Schaaf from Monsanto and Chris Freland and Kevin Stiles from Midwest Dairy Council were on hand to present the funding to the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 student team, physical education teacher Kelly Anderson (Ballard Middle), program advisors Diane Modlin (Ballard East Elementary) and Tami Staples (Ballard Middle), school board member Jean Saveraid and board president David Jackson, the district’s principals Marty Jimmerson (Ballard West Elementary), Tom Maher (Ballard Middle) and Jamie Coquyt (Ballard East Elementary), as well as the district’s Fuel Up to Play 60 coach Kelley Haaland. Both the children and the adults signed the Fuel Up to Play  60 pledge to eat healthy and stay active.

The Ballard Community School District already has plans for the funding. Ballard Middle School and Ballard East Elementary will introduce smoothie bars that will use low-fat milk and yogurt, giving their students more nutritional in-school breakfast and snack options. Ballard West Elementary is planning to implement Fuel Up to Play 60 program initatitives that introduce students to farmers and the foods they grow. They also have plans to start a walking club.

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation.

To learn more about applying for Fuel Up to Play 60 funding for your school, click here.

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