FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 25, 2019
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A $10,000 grant to increase children’s awareness of the benefits of healthy choices has been awarded to Tarleton State University’s Child and Family Studies faculty members Elizabeth Stephens and Dr. Lisa Taylor Cook.
The program aims to increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition, especially for children, and to promote children’s health and well-being through education, exercise and eating right, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture, which awarded the grant.
“This grant enables us to more fully engage our undergraduate students and give our faculty more purpose to be involved. In turn, that will be better for the children we serve,” said Stephens, director of Tarleton’s Child Development Center, the only such center between Waco and Fort Worth accredited by the National Accreditation Council.
The funding will enhance the center’s curriculum while furthering partnerships with Tarleton faculty and undergraduate students pursuing a degree in child and family studies.
Through the grant, children enrolled in the Child Development Center and it’s After School Program will engage in hands-on inquiry-based experiences. Learning activities will be designed to expand the children’s understanding of their environments and the importance of physical activity, everyday connections to math/science concepts, and an appreciation for farming and agriculture.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.
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