Marshfield, MA (PressExposure) August 01, 2009 -- The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield has been awarded a Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant of $374,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The award, which will be distributed over the next three years, will fund a new physical education program and instruction on healthy eating and good nutrition. The U.S. Department of Education gave out $26.5 million in awards to more than 73 public schools and community-based organizations in 25 states to initiate, expand and improve physical education programs for students in grades K-12.
The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield intends to use a portion of the grant in the purchase of interactive multi-media equipment that will be used to engage club members in specially designed activities that will advance their physical well being and teach them better nutritional habits.
The club will also look to collaborate with local schools in the development of various physical fitness programs.
"This grant provides us with a great opportunity to collaborate with the Marshfield Public School system and advance our mission. The Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield has been doing some amazing things over the past five years for members and being awarded this highly competitive grant is a terrific achievement," explained Greg Jackson, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Marshfield.
He continued, "While we take pause in celebrating the grant, we must remain focused on the Capital Campaign and other fundraising efforts to ensure a brighter future for the children of Marshfield."