Your Beckley Area Foundation is a proud supporter of Active Southern West Virginia and their Kids Run Clubs. With funding from a BAF Community Grant, Active SWV was able to add running clubs to three more Raleigh County schools during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Participant survey results are in from the fall 2017 season of Kids Run Clubs, which were analyzed by their partners at the WVU School of Public Health. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of volunteer Run Club Coaches who give their time and energy to get youth excited about physical activity. Fifteen schools participated in the Kids Run Club Program in the fall of 2017, with 1,016 participants and 126 volunteer coaches. Three cheers for Active SWV Kids Run Clubs as we celebrate 2017 and prepare for the 2018 seasons!
- 40% of participant respondents decreased their computer and video game screen time on school days
- 71.8% of survey respondents said that since their participation in Run Club they got a friend or family member to increase their physical activity
- Participants learned new physical activity skills: warm-up, cool-down, and stretching
- Keeping up the momentum: returning participants started the program at a higher level of physical activity than new participants
Help continue to grow this free youth program by spreading the word about Kids Run Clubs as we work to make the youngest generation of West Virginians the healthiest yet! Does your school need a Kids Run Club? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2004, Beckley Area Foundation was approached by Webster County Project Coordinator Paula Green with the concept of a community fund for her county. Organized to accept donations, create endowments and distribute grants for the benefit of the people of Webster County, the Webster County Community Fund has blossomed.
Economic Development Authority Executive Director Geary Weir has seen the work and generosity of the residents, both current and past, bolster this concept to cultivate 11 individual perpetual funds.
Harry H. Harkins Jr. is the most recent donor, establishing two separate endowments. The Cutlip-Harkins Scholarship Fund will benefit a matriculating senior of Webster County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. The Cutlip-Harkins Endowment for Webster County, a discretionary fund, will support the grant program for emerging needs and projects within the county.... (To finish story please visit the following link.)