The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation presented Madison Station Elementary School with a Building Healthy Schools Grant Certificate after announcing the school as the 2018 grant recipient. Pictured are P.E. Teacher Stewart Crawford, Assistant Principal Kara Davis, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health & Fitness Coordinator Eugenia King and P.E. Teacher Kathy Shows.
The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation presented Madison Station Elementary School with a Building Healthy Schools Grant Certificate after announcing the school as the 2018 grant recipient. Pictured are P.E. Teacher Stewart Crawford, Assistant Principal Kara Davis, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation Health & Fitness Coordinator Eugenia King and P.E. Teacher Kathy Shows.
Madison Station Elementary School was announced the winner of the Building Healthy Schools Grant by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation last week. The school will receive $5,000 for its demonstrated commitment to creating a healthy school environment.

“The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is proud of the commitment Madison Station Elementary School has made to improve the health and wellness of its students,” said Sheila Grogan, executive director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We applaud their efforts in joining us to build a healthy Mississippi through creativity, encouragement, accessibility and inclusion for all students.”

Madison Station Elementary School is encouraging young women and teaching them the importance of healthy habits and physical activity through its “Girl Power - Jag Spirit” program. After observing more and more girls leaving sports and becoming less interested in physical activity by their 5th grade year, the school implemented this program to promote the physical, mental and social benefits of healthy choices. As part of the program, the school developed a dance team and embedded health messages into lessons throughout physical education classes. The school is seeing positive changes as a result of the program’s influence, and girls are eager to continue participating in sports and fitness activities beyond their 5th grade year.

“The Building Healthy Schools Grant will be a game-changer for our students,” said Kathy Shows, physical education teacher at Madison Station Elementary School. “Our program creates an environment where girls feel supported in sports and physical fitness, and we are excited to be able to expand on the opportunities for encouragement through this grant funding.”

In addition to expanding opportunities for girls in its “Girl Power - Jag Spirit” program, the school will use the grant funds to purchase a friendship swing, build a sensory pathway and implement physical education curricula that will assist teachers in creating a more inclusive environment for all students.

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has a vision for a healthy Mississippi and provides targeted grants to fund initiatives and programs to improve the health and wellness of Mississippians. Learn more about available grant and program opportunities as well as other efforts of the Foundation at www.healthiermississippi.org.