By Pf Staff
Waukegan, IL. – Whittier Elementary School has been named a winner of the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) Hometown grant award. As a winner, the school will receive a $10,000 grant, which will be used to purchase new playground equipment.
Whittier was presented with the award during a special assembly Monday, October 22, attended by Chicago Bears cornerback, Prince Amukamara, mascot, Staley Da Bear, as well as representatives from FUTP60 and the Midwest Dairy Council.
The interactive, hour-long assembly also included the unveiling playground renderings and informational presentations on staying active, as well as a dance off between students, Staley and Mr. Amukamara. There was also a special recognition of Whittier nurse, Ms. Joanne Hathorn.
“The support of Fuel Up to Play 60 has been incredible for our school,” said Whittier Principal Ms. Jennifer Rice de la Sanchez. “Giving us the opportunity to build new playground equipment and having Staley and Mr. Amukamara was amazing for our students, and really exemplifies the organization’s commitment to fostering healthier communities.”
Whittier was selected for the Hometown grant award for reaching FUTP60 “touchdown status” last year. The grant money is to be used to further enhance FUTP60 efforts in the school.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. Hometown grant it is given every year to a FUTP60 school, and is used to further enhance FUTP60 efforts in the school.