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General Mills grants money for after-school program

August 24, 2011

Morning News — Leslie Mielke General Mills officials awarded grant money Tuesday to Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot for an after-school physical education program. From left are Joann Nelson, Safety Coordinator from the General Mills cooperate office in Minneapolis, Kevin Miller, General MIlls Operations Manager in Blackfoot, Rudy deWit, General Mills manager in Blackfoot, Brint Jefferis, Stoddard physical education teacher and Ryan Wilson, Stoddard Elementary principal.

BLACKFOOT — General Mills officials presented Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot a $2,500 grant for an after-school physical education program.
The grant money has been used to purchase mats and a stereo, said Brint Jefferis, Stoddard Elementary physical education teacher. Still on the "to be purchased" list are sports equipment for movement and fitness.
Students attending Stoddard Elementary can apply for this after-school program from 3—4 p.m. this Thursday and Friday in the Stoddard cafeteria. The students need to be in the third, fourth and/or fifth grades.
The first 20 to 30 students will be accepted into this after-school program, Jefferis said.
The program is designed to supplement the activity levels of students and give them a healthy alternative to going home to play computer games or watch television, Jefferis said.
"We are very grateful for the generosity of General Mills for this much needed grant," he said. "With budgets being reduced or cut because of the economy, this grant will help purchase many needed physical education supplies.
"[Blackfoot General Mills manager] Rudy deWit has been extremely helpful in the grant process," Jefferis said. "I would very much like to thank him for all he did to make this happen."
Since 1954, the General Mills Foundation has given $420 million to non-profit organizations, deWit said.
The General Mills Foundation grants focus on four main areas:
° health, nutrition and wellness
° arts and culture
° family services
° education
To be eligible for funding from the General Mills Foundation, non-profits must be located with a 50-mile radius from the plant facility and must serve communities within area as well. In Blackfoot, the General Mills is located at 467 W. Hwy. 26.
Contact deWit at 785-4460 for specifics about this grant program.
"We are looking for more applicants," deWit said. "Every non-profit who applied for this grant received one."
One non-profits in Blackfoot, three in Idaho Falls and one in Pocatello received grants.
Non-profits can apply for this grant program from now until Aug. 15, 2012. Non-profit's receive grant money from General Mills about one year after the non-profit's application is approved.

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