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Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Program Awards $605,000 in Grants to 75 Pennsylvania Schools
Date:4/10/2008

The Highmark Foundation increases its commitment to schools by allocating

additional funds for the program

PITTSBURGH, April 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Highmark Foundation, through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, recently awarded $605,000 in grants to 75 elementary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania. The grants will support programs that address bullying prevention and self-esteem, improve nutrition education, enhance nutrition choices and provide opportunities for physical activity.

"Through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, we have asked schools to help us help children," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "We know that schools play a vital role in the lives of children and adolescents and we are proud to provide them with the resources and tools that will improve the health status of their students."

Due to the overwhelming response received from schools, the board of the Highmark Foundation at its March 2008 meeting also approved an additional $1.5 million to be awarded through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge during the remainder of this year. Last year, the Foundation announced its intention to award a total of $1 million in grants through the School Challenge in 2008; however, the School Challenge now has the resources to award a total of $2.5 million this year.

Also new in 2008, the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge expanded to award grants for programs that focus on bullying prevention and self-esteem. In past years, School Challenge grants were awarded only to physical activity and nutrition initiatives.

"We know that physical activity and nutrition programs are beneficial to helping children live longer, healthier lives," said Cook. "However, bullying is a serious issue in schools and we believe that it needs to be addressed. By supporting bullying prevention programs, we are working to improve the overall health, well-being and self-esteem of students."

Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grants are awarded throughout the year. Schools are invited to apply for School Challenge grants by visiting the Highmark Healthy High 5 Web site at http://www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org and clicking on "Grant Process for Schools," to download and complete the grant application.

The following schools received Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grants in March 2008. For more information on the supported program at each school, visit http://www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org and click on "Schools."

School Name County

Conewago Valley School District - Conewago Valley

Intermediate School Adams

Littlestown Area School District - Maple Avenue Middle

School Adams

A.W. Beattie Career Center Allegheny

Baldwin Whitehall School District - Baldwin High School Allegheny

Bethel Park School District - Abraham Lincoln Elementary

School Allegheny

Bethel Park School District - Benjamin Franklin

Elementary School Allegheny

Bethel Park School District - Bethel Memorial Elementary Allegheny

Bethel Park School District - George Washington

Elementary School Allegheny

Bethel Park School District - William Penn Elementary

School Allegheny

Fox Chapel Area School District - Hartwood Elementary

School Allegheny

Fox Chapel Area School District - Fox Chapel Area High

School Allegheny

Fox Chapel Area School District - O'Hara Elementary

School Allegheny

Hampton Township School District - Hampton Township

Middle School Allegheny

Montour School District - Burkett School Allegheny

Montour School District - Ingram Elementary School Allegheny

North Allegheny School District - North Allegheny

Intermediate High School Allegheny

Pittsburgh Public School District - Pittsburgh Colfax

K-8 Allegheny

Riverview School District - Verner Elementary School Allegheny

Shady Side Academy Allegheny

Shady Side Academy Junior School Allegheny

Shady Side Academy Middle School Allegheny

Sto-Rox School District - Sto-Rox Elementary School Allegheny

Riverview School District - Tenth Street Elementary

School Allegheny

West Allegheny School District - Wilson Elementary School Allegheny

West Mifflin Area School District - Clara Barton

Elementary School Allegheny

Hopewell Area School District - Hopewell High School Beaver

Monaca School District - Monaca Junior-Senior High School Beaver

New Brighton School District - New Brighton High School Beaver

Mars Area School District - Mars Area Centennial School Butler

Blacklick Valley School District - Blacklick Valley

Elementary Center Cambria

Conemaugh Valley School District - Conemaugh Valley

Junior-Senior High School Cambria

Forest Hills School District - Forest Hills Elementary

School Cambria

Northern Cambria School District - Northern Cambria

Middle School Cambria

Millville Area School District - Millville Area High

School Columbia

Penncrest School District - Maplewood Junior-Senior High

School Crawford

Cumberland Valley School District - Silver Spring

Elementary School Cumberland

East Pennsboro Area School District - East Pennsboro

Elementary School Cumberland

East Pennsboro Area School District - West Creek Hills

Elementary School Cumberland

Private Special Education Center - Yellow Breeches

Educational Center (YBEC, Inc.) Cumberland

South Middleton School District - Boiling Springs High

School Cumberland

Diocese of Harrisburg - St. Joan of Arc Elementary School Dauphin

Lower Dauphin School District - South Hanover Elementary

School Dauphin

Flagship Transition School Erie

Fort LeBoeuf School District - Mill Village Elementary

School Erie

Fort LeBoeuf School District - Robinson Elementary School Erie

Fort LeBoeuf School District - Waterford Elementary

School Erie

Luther Memorial Learning Center Erie

School District of the City of Erie - Glenwood Elementary

School Erie

Brownsville Area School District - Brownsville Area High

School Fayette

Connellsville Area School District - Clifford N. Pritts

Elementary School Fayette

Connellsville Area School District - Connellsville Junior

High East Fayette

Connellsville Area School District - Connellsville Junior

High West Fayette

Connellsville Area School District - Springfield

Elementary School Fayette

Connellsville Area Senior High School Fayette

Laurel Highlands School District - Laurel Highlands

Middle School Fayette

Laurel Highlands School District - Laurel Highlands High

School Fayette

Juniata County School District - Walker Township

Elementary School Juniata

Lampeter-Strasburg School District - Lampeter-Strasburg

High School Lancaster

Lawrence County Career and Technical Center Lawrence

Cornwall Lebanon School District - Cornwall Elementary

School Lebanon

Eastern Lebanon County School District - Jackson

Elementary School Lebanon

Allentown School District - Elementary and Middle Schools Lehigh

Salisbury Township School District - Harry S. Truman

Elementary School Lehigh

Danville Area School District - Danville Area High School Montour

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School Northampton

Schuylkill Technology Centers - North Campus Schuylkill

North Star School District - North Star East

Elementary/Middle School Somerset

Shanksville-Stonycreek School District -

Shanksville-Stonycreek Somerset

Avella Area School District - Avella Elementary Center Washington

Southeastern School District - Fawn Grove Elementary York

Southeastern School District - Delta Peach Bottom

Elementary York

Southeastern School District - Kenner-Dale High School York

Southeastern School District - Southeastern Middle School

East York

Southeastern School District - Southeastern Middle School

West York

Southeastern School District - Stewartstown Elementary York

About Highmark Healthy High 5

Highmark Healthy High 5 is a five-year, $100 million children's health promotion initiative of the Highmark Foundation. The mission of the initiative is to improve the health of children and adolescents ages 6-18 by providing them with the tools and practices needed to make informed decisions about living healthier lives. Highmark Healthy High 5 addresses five critical children's health promotion issues -- nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem, grieving, and bullying prevention -- by raising awareness, changing behavior through grants and programs, and providing resources to parents, schools and communities served by the Highmark Foundation.

Highmark Healthy High 5 is an initiative of the Highmark Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org or call 800-789-1726.


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