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Grant to boost exercise in McDowell schools

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- McDowell County's public schools have received a $204,000 grant to improve exercise programs for students.

The Highmark Foundation grant comes after a six-month planning grant allowed West Virginia University's College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and others to work with the McDowell County Board of Education to develop a plan to increase physical activity in 11 schools.

WVU said the grant will provide improved equipment and more resources for classroom teachers. It also will finance before-school and after-school physical activity programs and establish a system for fitness testing and reporting.


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