Campton Elementary School Receives $3000 Health and Wellness Grant

Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is excited to announce that Campton Elementary School is the winner of their “What’s not to ‘Like’?” Facebook Health and Wellness Grant Contest.

Last fall, MVSB reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3000 in resources to support wellness programs in their school(s).  Participating school district submissions were posted on MVSB’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank) between October 4 and November 18. During this time community members were encouraged to review the entries and vote for the proposal that they felt was most deserving of a grant.

Campton Elementary School was the winner of the contest with 799 votes.  The proposal, submitted by Katie Scambio, Health Teacher, explains a four-part vision to improve the mental and physical wellness of students. With their grant proceeds, the school hopes to:

  • Provide each teacher with physical exercise equipment for their classroom to help improve students’ mood, focus, and decrease stress and anxiety.
  • Build a vegetable garden in conjunction with their Garden club through which nutrition education will be integrated.
  • Create an outdoor classroom space to allow students to learn in the outdoor environment, putting a focus on learning while opening their senses to the world around them.
  • Expand their nature trail to improve fitness opportunities for students, staff and families. This will allow physical education instructors a new way to reinforce the benefits of physical activity and to help spark a passion for lifelong fitness.

“We’re so thankful to Meredith Village Savings Bank for giving our school the opportunity to compete for this grant, and also to our community members for supporting our wellness initiatives by placing their votes,” Janet Eccleston, Special Education Coordinator at Campton Elementary School. “Including physical activity, outdoor learning and good nutrition as part of the students’ daily schedule not only improves attention levels and engagement of students during the school day, but it also gives them an early foundation and appreciation for health and wellness that will last a lifetime.”

“We were so impressed by all of the school district submissions and by the many creative ways our local schools are integrating wellness into their curriculum,” said Rick Wyman, President of Meredith Village Savings Bank. “It was very clear that the Campton Elementary School community worked hard to gain support for the needs of their wellness programs and we are thrilled to be able to provide this contribution to help with their efforts.”

This year’s contest was the third iteration of the “What’s not to ‘Like’?” Facebook Contest at MVSB. In its inaugural year, the Bank provided schools the opportunity to compete for a technology grant. Moultonborough Academy was the winner and used the funds to purchase a 3D Printer for their technology education department. The second contest ended in a tie with Belmont High School and Gilford High School each winning a $3000 grant to support arts programs. Belmont used the grant to support their creative arts programs and Gilford used the funds to add theatrical sound and lighting to their Little Theatre/Choir Room.

In addition to the school district contest, community members that voted for their favorite school district also had the opportunity to enter for a chance to start their new year off with a Fitbit® Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. Sweepstakes winners included voters from Canterbury, Chichester Laconia, Manchester and Rumney.

MVSB wishes to thank all of the school districts that participated as well as all the community members that supported their favorite local school district by placing a vote.

Campton Elementary School is located in Campton, NH and serves 300 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The mission of the Campton Elementary School educational community is to meet the unique needs of all of our students and to assist them in developing the desire and skills to become lifelong, independent learners and responsible citizens in an ever-changing society.

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Back row- Janet Eccleston, Special Education Coordinator, Kaylin Goleau, Paraprofessional, Anna Kilmer, Grade 1 Teacher, Amy Mavris, MVSB Customer Experience Officer, Katie Scambio, Health Teacher and Nancy Mardin, MVSB Assistant Vice President, Branch and Business Development Officer. Middle and Front Rows – Dunbarton Elementary School 1st Graders.