BLACKFOOT — Brint Jefferis is up to his eyeballs in new P.E. equipment thanks to General Mills who just gave the School District #55 elementary P.E. teacher a $2500 grant. "The grant," explained Jefferis "is based on the after school programs that I do." Jefferis has organized after school tennis three times a week, an indoor walking program through December and March and other activities. "General Mills gives rewards for healthy lifestyles."
Jefferis first found out about the grant when he was approached by a GM representative 2 years ago. They were impressed at the amount of work he has done to get kids moving. Jefferis was the first to receive the grant in this area. Jefferis said, "With the funds in the district scrimped due to budget cuts, we don't have the budget to get new equipment. This really helps."
Jefferis recently returned from a PE conference in Boise that was also paid for by the grant. Jefferis is now full of new ideas to further help his students get excited about fitness. "When you have good equipment, the kids are so excited to see the stuff." said Jefferis "This is stuff you don't get to see at home or even in stores."
Since 1954, the General Mills Foundation has given $420 million to non-profit organizations. The General Mills Foundation grants focus on four main areas:
° health, nutrition and wellness
° arts and culture
° family services
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 the area as well. In Blackfoot, the General Mills is located at 467 W. Hwy. 26.