OHM BOCES Awarded $2,000 in Walmart Grants for Fitness Center Equipment
The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES recently received $2,000 in Walmart Local Community Grants for the purchase of new equipment to be used in the school’s fitness center.
The two $1,000 grants were awarded by Stephen Stayton, store manager of New Hartford Supercenter #1677 and Justin Orlando, store manager of Gloversville Supercenter #1806.
Funding from the grants was used to purchase strength training equipment from Syracuse Fitness Equipment which will be used by students in the Bridges, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Middle Settlement Academy and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs during their physical education time and fitness center classes.
OHM BOCES Physical Education/Health Teacher John Nicotera, who helped secure the grants, noted that the generous donation and new equipment will improve students’ quality of life as they begin to develop healthy habits that will carry into adulthood. “We want students to understand the basic principles of strength training while doing so safely, so that they know how to exercise on their own outside of school and as an adult,” said Nicotera.
“OHM BOCES is very thankful for the generosity of our local Walmart stores and the efforts of Mr. Nicotera,” Assistant Superintendent Christopher Hill said. “This equipment will be a great help in our continued efforts to educate the ‘whole child’ and instill wellness habits that will last a lifetime.”
The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.