Walk for Summer Reading
The St Clair County Medical Society is working to improve the health of students by promoting walking programs in the elementary schools. The Walk for Summer Reading Program began as a pilot program at Cleveland Elementary School in 2009 and since then more than 32,000 children in St Clair County have walked to “earn“ more than 42,000 books for summer reading. Each participating school receives a grant to purchase books that are distributed to the students prior to summer vacation.
We are partnering with the YMCA to promote a healthy lifestyle at all elementary schools in St. Clair County. The St. Clair County Medical Society Foundation will support walking programs in schools by providing resources in the form of handouts, posters, flyers and PowerPoint presentations that provide information on a healthy lifestyle. Several schools already have walking/running programs so the Walk for Summer Reading program is a great fit.
Thank you for your support in improving the health of children in our community.
Program Proposal: Students must walk for a minimum of 15 minutes three days a week for 6 to 8 weeks to “earn” books for summer reading.
Funding: Grants of up to $1500 are awarded to each school to help purchase the books that the students “earn” while walking. Grants are awarded based on need and availability of funds. Schools that do not receive the grant are still eligible for resources for a healthy lifestyle.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
Grant Award Notification: February 24, 2020
Follow up Report: Schools are requested to complete a survey at the end of the program detailing the approximate number of students that participated, books distributed and any other benefits noticed with the program.