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Project Fit America, Baptist Health, anonymous donor bring fitness equipment, training, curriculum to 3 Graves schools Lowes, Symsonia, and Wingo elementary schools in Graves County recently celebrated the installation of exercise equipment on their play
Project Fit America, Baptist Health, anonymous donor bring fitness equipment, training, curriculum to 3 Graves schools  Lowes, Symsonia, and Wingo elementary schools in Graves County recently celebrated the installation of exercise equipment on their playnormal'> 

normal'>Lowes, Symsonia, and Wingo elementary schools in Graves County recently celebrated the installation of exercise equipment on their playgrounds, thanks to an anonymous donor, Baptist Health Paducah, and Project Fit America. Along with teacher training and teaching curriculum, the equipment will help students develop habits conducive to good, long term physical health. The $16,500 donation will help hundreds of children over the years. Baptist Health Paducah chief operating officer Bonnie Schrock expressed gratitude to all involved for bringing the project to fruition. Principals of the three schools and other representatives of the Graves County School District thanked all involved as well.

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normal'>“These three schools in Graves County brings our total to 15. We’ve had schools in Graves, McCracken, Marshall, and Calloway counties.” said Donna Rains, Baptist Health Paducah’s director of community outreach. “In 2007, when we opened the Baptist Heart Center, we wanted to do something to help children grow up to be heart healthy. We researched the topic and really like this program because it’s really a turnkey. We thought that even though it is a two-year grant program, that it could last well beyond that two years, once we invested in a school. The equipment should be permanent and the teacher training and teaching curriculum can be used well beyond that time. In fact, Graves County Central Elementary was one of our first two schools.” 

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normal'>“During our capital campaign, ‘Celebrating Miracles, Transforming Lives,’ last year that concluded this October, we were able to fund various projects in the community,” said Roy Lowdenback, Baptist Health Paducah’s vice-president of business development. “We had a donor very passionate about Graves County and due to her time as a physical education teacher in another state and her interest in projects at the hospital, this came about. She funded projects that weren’t slated to take place this year. So, we were able to unite those programs and make this all happen this year.” 

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