The Department of Family & Community Health Sciences worked with the principal and School Wellness Committee of Parker Elementary School to apply for and begin implementing a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant. Some of the funding from the grant enabled Parker Elementary to start recreational basketball and cheerleading teams in the fall of 2021.
As a result, thirty-two students actively and excitedly participated in the bi-weekly basketball program. The coaches were impressed with how the students significantly improved their skills throughout the season. In addition, twenty-two students joined the cheerleading squad, and they thoroughly enjoyed their practices and cheering at the basketball games!