2017 Health & Wellness Grant Recipients

30 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Awarded to New Jersey Schools

In August 2017, $120,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program funded by the New Jersey Department of Health to support school health and wellness initiatives. 

The New Jersey Department of Health is funding the grants through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant. NJDOH has three regional partners that will provide assistance and support to help schools successfully carry out the funded project. AtlantiCare (south), EmPoWER Somerset (central) and The Center for Prevention and Counseling (north).


Recipient District County  Project
Galloway Township Middle School Galloway Township Public Schools Atlantic Respect the Paw: Respect the Paw will enhance positive school culture at Galloway through an extensive school climate and culture survey that will lead to the incorporation of restorative discipline practices, social-emotional learning and training for staff and students, and other health and wellness initiatives.
Absegami High School Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District  Atlantic Health and Wellness: A Whole Student Focus: Abesagmi will continue to improve the overall health and wellness of its school community by increasing the growing season of the school garden by constructing a cold frame and creating a yoga deck to bring mindfulness lessons outdoors.
William Davies Middle School Hamilton Township Schools  Atlantic Davies FIT, Dragons Strong: William Davies will offer three new, non-traditional physical activities to its students: dance, yoga, and weight training. Parents will also have the opportunity to sample these activities at evening sessions and attend healthy food demonstrations at Parent Involvement Committee meetings.
Fair Lawn Public School District Fair Lawn Public School District Bergen Aeroponic Growing Systems: The District will incorporate aeroponic growing systems (tower gardens) into the curriculum to teach students how to grow healthy food in a space-saving, efficient way.
Delran High School   Delran Township School District Burlington War on Plastic Water Bottles: Delran will install water bottle refill stations to increase the school community's access to healthy drinking water, decrease their dependence on plastic water bottles, and educate them on the environmental and health concerns associated with plastic bottle usage.
Ocean City Intermediate School Ocean City School District  Cape May Promoting Mind and Body Health through Yoga: Ocean City Intermediate School (OCIS) will initiate a Student Yoga Program to provide after-school yoga lessons to students  that will teach stress-relief, relaxation, and mental focus techniques while promoting physical activity. Yoga sessions will also be offered for teachers and staff during in-serve days, and an OCIS teacher will be trained in how to run yoga sessions to ensure the sustainability of the program.
Wildwood City School District Wildwood City School District Cape May Warrior Fit: The District will develop after-school and professional development day programs to promote staff fitness, health, and wellness.
Essex County - West Caldwell Technical School Essex County Vocational Technical Schools Essex Get Energized!: The Get Energized project will engage students in physical activity in the following ways: improving the school's physical education program, training staff on how to integrate physical activity into the classroom, teaching students on how to use DeskCycles, providing the entire school community with pedometers, implementing a Safe Routes to School Plan, enhancing the staff wellness program, and encouraging after-school physical activity.
Irvington Board of Education Irvington Board of Education Essex Building Healthy Relationships through Physical Activity: The District will offer after-school sports clubs and district-wide athletic events to improve the school community culture and climate by promoting teamwork, friendship, confidence, and physical fitness in their students.
Clayton Middle School Clayton Public School District  Gloucester Clipper Gardens: Clayton will create a garden that will serve as a living classroom to teach students how to grow their own healthy food and about nutrition.
Clearview Regional High School District Clearview Regional High School District  Gloucester Iron Pioneer: Strength and Conditioning Club: The "Iron Pioneer" Strength & Conditioning Club will strive to provide each student an opportunity to develop their physical competence and sense of self-worth while combatting problems associated with childhood inactivity.  It will also encourage teamwork, community, accountability and responsibility.
Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District  Gloucester Water Bottle Refill Stations: Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School will install water bottle refill stations in key areas on campus to increase hydration in high school students.
Dr. Michael Conti No. 5 Elementary School   Jersey City Public Schools Hudson STEMotional Learning: The seventh-grade students at Dr. Michael Conti No. 5 will  use a phone app called "Do Gooders" in order to pass on acts of kindness that will improve school culture and climate via STEM instruction. 
Joseph H. Brensinger PS#17 Jersey City Public Schools Hudson Cyber Cycling: Joseph H. Brensinger PS#17 will offer an innovative Cyber Cycling program to help promote physical activity in students who lack opportunities to safely play outside and expel their excess energy through inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. This program will provide students with a way to become more mentally and physically fit.
Lawrence Township Public School District Lawrence Township Public School District  Mercer Cardinals Care: The District will start an after-school and evening Health and Wellness program that incorporates healthy eating, mindfulness and yoga, and other fitness programs for our students, faculty, and families through a series of workshops and programs.
Luis Munoz Rivera Community School Trenton Public School District  Mercer Campaign Connect: Luis Munoz Rivera will partner with the Center for Supportive Schools (Campaign Connect) to develop an Action Plan that will lead to better relationships between students and staff and a more positive school community.
Carteret Public School District  Carteret Public School District  Middlesex Pathways Promotes Healthier Habits: Pathways SBYSP will continue offering healthy food options to students after school and will add a breakfast club that incorporates mind/body wellness on a monthly basis. Students in the club will mentor younger students via two 8-week after school sessions aimed to promote physical activity.
Perth Amboy Vocational School Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District  Middlesex Yoga for the Mind, Body and Soul: Perth Amboy will add yoga into the classroom in order to achieve a more positive climate. The program will promote improvements in student behavior, mental health, physical health, and academic performance.  
Butler Public School District Butler Public School District  Morris Self-Regulation, Focus and Resilience: The District will implement a staff wellness program aimed at providing teachers with the personal well-being tools and mindfulness education needed to combat anxiety and depression in their students, thus leading to an increase in student mental health and and academic proficiency.
Pequannock Valley Middle School Pequannock Township School District  Morris Panther Pounce on Sustainability Garden: Pequannock will build a garden to promote healthy eating habits. The garden will be utilized by the school science, STEM, and health classes, along with the environmental club.
Toms River Regional School District Toms River Regional School District  Ocean Mobile Breakfast Academy: The District will add a Mobile Breakfast Academy program that will provide grab-and-go healthy breakfast options to high school students that will prompt a district-wide adoption of a Breakfast After the Bell Initiative and improve school climate and culture.
Number 15 Elementary School Clifton Public School District Passaic Recycle, Reduce, REFILL!: Number 15 will purchase three water bottle refill stations that will encourage the use of resuable water bottles and healthy water drinking habits.
Arthur P. Schalick High School   Pittsgrove Township School District Salem Fill'Er Up!: A.P. Schalick will purchase and install two water bottle refill stations that will keep track of the amount of plastic water bottles that are being saved from consumption. Students will participate in a reusable water bottle giveaway that will promote healthy water drinking habits.
Montgomery High School Montgomery Township School District Somerset Monty Green Garden and Fresh Water Project: Montgomery High School will establish a garden to grow healthy food for its Family and Consumer Science program being run by a former executive chef at a farm to table restaurant. They will also install a water bottle refilling station to promote reusable water bottles and contribute to the River-Friendly Certification project.  
North Plainfield Middle School North Plainfield Middle School Somerset Healthy Water and Hydration: North Plainfield Middle School will install water bottle refill stations to  reduce the number of plastic bottles being used, provide students with a healthy water source, and promote the importance of staying hydrated.
Warren Middle School Warren Township School District Somerset Mind and Body Wellness: Warren will create a after-school weekly program focused on increasing mindfulness and devloping healthy lifestyles. Programs will be provided for staff and middle school students.
High Point Regional High School High Point Regional High School District  Sussex After School Activity Program: High Point Regional will introduce a wide variety of programs to children who do not typically engage in physical activities. Offerings will include traditional group sports such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer, as well as individually-oriented activities such as hiking, kayaking, and angling.
Halsted Street Middle School Newton Public School District  Sussex Halsted Healthy Habits: The Halsted Healthy Habits Initiative will promote healthy lifestyles through a Girls on the Run program for sixth-grade students that promotes setting goals, healthy food choices, and exercise. A Fall Family Night will encourage parents to continue healthy habits at home.
Orange Avenue Elementary School   Cranford Public School District  Union Active After School Programs: Orange Avenue will continue its after-school program targeted at middle school students. The programs to be included will be a 10-week wintertime Yoga Club, an 8-week late winter volleyball club and an 8-week spring golf club.
Roselle Public Schools Roselle Public Schools Union School Gardens: The District will create a new garden at Leonard V. Moore Middle School and expand the existing rain garden at Grace Wilday Junior High School to include edible fruits and vegetable plants. The gardens will be used to teach students about how to grow healthy food.

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