Altus Public Schools received $63,500 in TSET grants.
In November of 2022, Altus Public Schools was awarded a total of $63,500 by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) grant through the state of Oklahoma. The TSET grant promotes and supports healthy behaviors. It is offered to school districts that implement the best and most promising practices in tobacco-free environments, nutrition, physical activity, and employee wellness, as stated by Oklahoma.gov. Every Altus Public Schools site was awarded funding to complete projects prioritizing the well-being of their students.
Altus High School, Altus Junior High, and Rivers Elementary focused on creating life-long healthy habits in addition to teaching the dangers of unhealthy habits. Altus High School received $12,000 to purchase equipment for P.E. such as weights, kettlebells, table tennis, bowling, pickleball, and golf. Each of these are lifelong sports that promote staying physically active beyond high school. Altus Junior High received $10,000 and was provided with extensive vape education materials to educate the children and parents about the dangers of vaping. Rivers Elementary received $10,000 towards P.E. equipment to help provide more opportunities for team building amongst the students and their peers.
Altus Intermediate, Altus Elementary, Altus Primary, and Altus Early Childhood Center, focused on promoting time spent outdoors while learning. Altus Intermediate received $10,000 to put together an outdoor classroom with tables and a canopy. Altus Elementary received $4,000 towards painting a sensory path outside that allows brain breaks for the students. Altus Primary received $7,500 to build an outdoor climbing wall, increasing the amount of outdoor physical activity. The Altus Childhood Center also received $10,000 to put together an outdoor classroom and provided outdoor learning activities for their students.
Altus Public School District will be able to reapply for the TSET grant again in November of 2024. This allows each school to continue expanding on resources that support the health and safety of their students.