The Merck Foundation Renews Supports for a Second Year

We are pleased to announce that The Merck Foundation – Neighbor of Choice Community Grants program- has renewed their support for another year with a one year grant in the amount of $45,097. The grant will support health and nutrition related programming for our middle school program and provide critical funds to help us expand from a 2-to-4 day per week program at Skyline Middle School.

A few program highlights that the grant award will make possible include:

  • Health & Nutrition enrichment classes. These will be offered on one of our additional program days and structured similarly to Career Enrichment Projects with goal of exposing our youth to a wide range of health and nutrition related topics. Examples may include healthy eating, sports, yoga, dance, fitness;
  • Spring Extravaganza: Spring health and nutrition family friendly event for the entire community that will include youth showcase demonstrations, fun games & challenges that promote physical activity, healthy eating demonstrations, resource fair and a variety of stage performances;
  • Student Leadership & Family Engagement: Supports the development of a Youth Leadership Council and on-going family engagement efforts, including a newsletter and an advisory member on the Youth Council.
  • Program Integration: Will provide professional development led by Playworks for OTRC program staff and volunteers to integrate physical activity and movement throughout the program day. It also funds a weekly healthy snack for every child; menu to be selected by Youth Leadership Council.

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