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General Mills presents grants for healthy education

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Area educational organizations are benefiting from the help of General Mills again this year.

Covington's General Mills plant continued its dedication to helping provide area students with education about leading healthy lives by providing $190,000 worth of grants to schools and other student-based organizations in Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties.

"This is one of my favorite days of the year," said Mark Bible, plant manager of General Mills' Covington plant. "General Mills' mission is nourishing lives."

The grants encourage healthy student living and community involvement.

For the past couple of years, General Mills has provided $170,000 worth of grants to community organizations and was able to increase that this year and also add several Walton County organizations due to the recent opening of a General Mills warehouse in Social Circle.

This year, area groups and organizations that split the grant funds include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes, Community Arts Association in Newton County, Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, Fairview Theme School in Covington, Georgia Elks Aidmore Children's Center, J.H. House Elementary School in Conyers, The Learning Center, Middle Ridge Elementary School, Newton County Community Partnership for Children and Families, Newton County Senior Center, Newton County Sheriff's Office, Prevent Child Abuse Newton, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, Project ReNeWal, Rainbow Community Center homeless shelter, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Washington Street Community Center, YMCA of Covington, American Red Cross East Georgia, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia and Walton County Senior Citizens Council.

Fairview will use its grants to continue its focus on parent involvement by supporting a Family Fitness Program to increase health, nutrition and physical activities of Fairview's students, parents and staff at all times of the day, not just during physical education class. Middle Ridge Elementary will use grant funds for a similar purpose.

"General Mills has been a consistent support of the Newton County school district," said Corey Stegall, assistant principal at Middle Ridge. "We are proud to have someone in the community that not only talked it but walks it. It will make a difference in the lives of our children."

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will use funds to support its CHAMPS program that is taught to about 2,000 students in Newton County, encouraging them to keep them away from destructive behavior and bullying. Prevent Child Abuse Newton will use them to start a nurturing parent program to enhance parenting skills, and YMCA of Covington will help underprivileged children participate in YMCA programs.