Healthy Kids

Healthier kids do better in school. And when they grow up, kids who did better in school do better. They tend to be healthier adults who live longer, more fulfilling lives.

Healthy Kids is one of Impact Alamance’s three focus areas. We fund projects and programs that help get all children, 0-5, physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally ready to succeed in school. We also support projects that build healthier environments where we live, work and play, ultimately increasing children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity.

In 2015, Impact Alamance invested $1.25 million — 60 percent of our grant-making activity — in Healthy Kids initiatives.

2015 Healthy Kids Grants

Alamance Wellness Collaborative

$57,000 to Active Living by Design to support the creation of a county-wide strategic plan for building healthier environments. 

Healthy Eating Active Living Grants — $243,126

  • Alamance Community College
  • Alamance County Arts Council
  • Alamance County Recreation & Parks
  • Burlington Development Corporation
  • Community YMCA of Alamance County
  • Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina: Holy Comforter Church
  • Healthy Alamance
  • Positive Attitude Youth Center
  • Special Olympics North Carolina
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
  • Sustainable Alamance
  • The Salvation Army
  • Walter Williams High School Parent Bulldogs United

Building Healthy Environments — $886,518

  • Alamance County Arts Council
  • City of Burlington
  • Friends of Graham Recreation and Parks
  • Town of Green Level
  • Children’s Museum of Alamance County

Early Childhood — $65,850

Burlington City Park Splash Pad — $500,000

 
Alamance County’s first public splash pad is scheduled to open in May 2016 in Burlington’s City Park. The splash pad, designed especially for children 12 and under, will be free to use and will give families and their children a new outdoor activity to encourage active play during the hottest months of the year. About half the funds for the project came from a $500,000 Impact Alamance grant, with the other half matched by city funds.  
“It is a physical fitness facility to get people, especially kids, out and off their electronic devices, exercising and being active,” says Tony Laws, the director of the Burlington Recreation & Parks Department.

Eli Whitney Playground – $35,000

Residents of the Eli Whitney community in rural, southern Alamance County don’t have convenient access to the same types of recreational facilities that urban residents do. For many years, though, Alamance County’s Department of Recreation and Parks Department has offered programs and activities for children and adults at the former Eli Whitney School gymnasium.

There has been playground on the site for about 20 years, says Recreation and Parks Director Brian Baker, but the playground equipment hasn’t been updated. Impact Alamance’s $35,000 grant, along with matching funds from the county, will allow a new playground with modern equipment to be built.

“We were really happy to be able to partner with Impact Alamance to make the facilities better,” Baker says. He notes that the facility will likely see increasing use as families from Saxapahaw, which is growing, look for places their children can play.

ACC Child Care – $52,000

The outdoor play area at Alamance Community College’s Child Care Center will now serve double duty for children, thanks to extensive renovations and an expansion funded by an Impact Alamance grant.

Until last year, the center’s outdoor play area was primarily focused on helping children be active and develop gross motor skills such as running and climbing. Thanks to Impact Alamance’s funding, though, the play area will now become an outdoor learning environment. 

New sun protection shelters, planters for vegetables and other equipment will allow child care teachers to potentially conduct their entire day’s activities outside when the weather’s nice. 

“We want that outdoor environment to be something they can learn all areas of curriculum in,” says Jeannie Proctor, who is head of the Early Childhood Department at the college. “They’ll be able to do art outside, language activities outside, math, science.”

Children will help plant and care for vegetables in new planters, deepening their appreciation for healthy foods as well as teaching them how plants grow. In addition to the dozens of children of students, faculty and staff that the center serves, it also acts as a lab for early childhood students.

The new facilities will give students the opportunity to practice outdoor, engaged learning activities and to learn how to design and create outdoor learning environments for young children. That knowledge, in turn, will spread to the child care centers where those students go on to work.