Charter school receives federal health grant

CHESTER The Chester Community Charter School received a $750,000 U.S. Department of Education physical education program grant to develop a initiative that supports healthy eating and recreation, the school announced.

Children's Healthy Eating Supports Their Education and Recreation (CHESTER) strives to improve diet and exercise by increasing the number of students who exercise an hour a day and encouraging children to eat fruit twice a day and vegetables three times a day.

"This grant creates a great opportunity for our students to not only eat better and become physically fit, but also to truly understand the lifetime benefits of a healthy lifestyle," said David Clark, CEO of CCCS, which serves 3,200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The school was one of 67 recipients of the funding out of 417 applicants from across the country.

- Mari A. Schaefer