CONYERS -- 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 in 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 in Rutledge, Community Arts Association in Newton County, Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, Fairview Theme School in Covington, Georgia Elks Aidmore Children's Center in Rockdale County, J.H. House Elementary School in Conyers, The Learning Center in Covington, Middle Ridge Elementary School in Covington, 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 in Covington, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Washington Street Community Center in Covington, YMCA of Covington, American Red Cross East Georgia, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia and Walton County Senior Citizens Council.
Elks Aidmore will be able to expand from residential services to other areas that impact foster services like a boys cottage, respite services, therapeutic foster care and community-based alternatives for youth, and J.H. House Elementary will implement a program, Healthy Habits for a Lifetime, team-building and fitness activities.
"We could not do half of the program we do" without community support, said physical education instructor Stacy Roper, adding that the school organizes physical activities based on classroom instruction.
The Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts will support its summer programs, and Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale will provide services for parenting programs.