Dixon Elementary Schools was among 27 schools around the state awarded a Be Healthy School grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama. Dixon will use this $10,000 grant to build a track.
“A lot of the faculty here runs, so they want to get these children running and active so they have a healthy life, a healthy body, a healthy mind, and that hopefully will spread to their homes,” said Dixon Principal Michelle McNew, adding that the school has plans to start a running club for its students. “We believe in making sure the whole child is well taken care of. If their body is healthy, their mind will be healthy, they’re better able to learn and achieve.”
Sophie Martin, Media Manager for BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, presented the award during a ceremony at the school recently.
“We had over 100 schools across Alabama apply for a Be Healthy School grant,” Martin said. “That validates that they want to implement health and wellness initiatives in their schools, and that’s what BlueCross is all about. We’re about doing everything we can to instill healthy habits at an early age so in the long run, we can have a healthier Alabama.”