DERBY - The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach Department and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley make good health habits a part of children’s education.
The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and Griffin $4,000 to support its monthly health education programs in area Head Start Programs, preschools, public schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.
The health presentations cover a range of topics including germs, seasonal safety and nutrition. The presentations include hands-on activities and every participant receives an activity book and an apple to take home. The program serves between 400-1,000 children each month.
“The lessons we learn at a young age tend to stick with us throughout life,” said Cathi Kellett, MA, Special Programs Coordinator for Griffin Hospital Community Outreach. “This grant will make many children in the Valley will have a strong foundation to build a healthy lifestyle.”
The Valley United Way Special Needs Grant program is designed to provide funding for special needs or new programs. The funding for the program comes from donors who have expressed an interest in funding areas of importance to them, including health, education and graduation, income, elder care basic needs, youth and recreation, and housing and shelter.
(This is a press release from Griffin Hospital)