OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors approved Healthy Schools Incentive Grants at their March meeting for 20 Oklahoma school districts and 10 school sites.

The grants will fund health-promoting projects such as playground and fitness equipment, hydration stations, walking paths and more.

“Lifelong healthy habits are formed at a young age,” said TSET Board Chair Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D.

“The purpose of the Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program is to ensure our schools have policies in place and have the resources they need to promote health among students.

Oklahoma’s young people deserve every opportunity to live a healthy life.”

Schools are awarded grants for adopting policies and strategies that promote being tobacco-free, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and increasing physical activity for students, faculty, parents and staff.

Local districts and schools decide how grant funds will be used; TSET requires that each project promote health.

These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Projects funded by Healthy Schools Incentive Grants include playground and fitness equipment, cafeteria equipment, hydration stations, greenhouse supplies and materials for an Action Based Learning Sensory lab.

“These schools are doing an excellent job promoting healthy habits and practices to their students, and TSET is proud to recognize those efforts,” said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director.

“Teaching the next generation to move more, eat nutritiously and be tobacco-free is a crucial step for Oklahoma to become a Top 10 state in health.”

The grants awarded to school districts on Thursday were:

• Canadian Public Schools $15,000

• Cleveland Public Schools $25,000

• Coleman School District $15,000

• Granite Public Schools $15,000

• Hollis Public Schools $20,000

• Indianola Public Schools $15,000

• Kenwood Public School $15,000

• Lane Public School $13,500

• Maysville Public School $8,000

• Newkirk Public Schools $20,000

• Peavine Public School $15,000

• Pond Creek-Hunter Public Schools $8,000

• Porter Consolidated Schools $8,500

• Rock Creek Public Schools $20,000

• Rush Springs Public Schools $20,000

• Smithville Public Schools $15,000

• Stringtown Public Schools $8,000

• Tishomingo Public Schools $20,000

• Wyandotte Public Schools $20,000

• Zion Public School $15,000

In addition, the Board approved grants to 10 individual school sites:

• Adams Elementary School (Norman Public Schools) $5,000

• Carney Elementary School $2,000

• Carney High School $2,000

• Jay Upper Elementary $3,000

• Lincoln Elementary School (Norman Public Schools) $3,000

• Porter Consolidated Elementary School $3,000

• Porter Consolidated Junior High/High School $3,000

• Truman Primary (Norman Public Schools) $4,000

• Waurika Elementary School $7,500

• Waurika High School $2,000

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans.

To learn more, visit tset.ok.gov.