Memminger Elementary School Awarded $500 Grant

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Memminger Elementary School was just awarded a $500 grant from Kids Run the Nation, a program of Road Runners Club of America.

The grant will be used to launch Memminger's Healthy Soles, Healthy Hearts student running club. Margaret McClary, the school's International Baccalaureate coordinator, wrote the grant to encourage physical activity among students and develop a lifelong love of fitness.

Memminger Elementary is the only grant recipient in South Carolina.

The Road Runners Club of America awarded forty-seven programs from 26 states, serving nearly 23,000 children. They will receive a total of $35,000 in grants from the RRCA.

The RRCA will also donate copies of the Program Guide for Teachers, Coaches, and Program Leaders and the Running Guide for Kids booklet to 14 additional programs, an in-kind donation valued at over $5,000.00.

“Introducing kids to the sport of running at an early age sets them up for success in sport and in life,” explains Erica Gminski, RRCA Youth Programs Manager. “The 47 programs receiving grants this year are giving kids the building blocks to construct a healthy lifestyle through educational, inclusive, and fun programming in schools and communities nationwide. By encouraging physical activity among kids and families, these programs help further the Kids Run the Nation program’s goal of combating childhood obesity and developing a wellness-focused generation.”