By Za’Diamond Landon, News Writer

Mr. Robert Woolford, Special Education Teacher, and Mrs. Charnice Ray, Business Education Teacher, received a grant from Benedict College from the Columbia Links Program. Woolford’s portion of the grant will be used to promote healthy eating among teachers, giving them healthier food choices instead of the fat- and calorie-loaded lunches that are sometimes offered by the school. The grant was for $333.00. Woolford plans on producing lunches for the teachers to eat.

“This will really help the teachers eat healthier,” Woolford said.

Ray’s portion of the grant will be turned over to the young adults of Keenan. The Computer Application students will create and develop a Teen Healthy Lifestyle Manual—Raider Edition. Students will work in groups to make an easy, non-cooking snack recipe and a 15-minute exercise workout. They will keep a journal to record daily activities and calorie intake. The students will apply computer application concepts learned from computer class to generate recipes (Microsoft Word); monitor exercise, workout and calorie intake (Microsoft Excel); and keep journals (Microsoft Publisher).  All work will be collectively put into one manual. The students will host a Teen Healthy Lifestyle Fair where recipes from the manual will be on display, exercises workouts will be demonstrated and attendees will be given a copy of the manual/ brochure.

“I am very excited about the project! I can’t wait to see how the student’s bodies respond to the health fair. Hopefully each person in attendance will be able to take a piece of information to make them a healthier person,” Ray said.