Aera Energy partners with Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) in challenging our community to think about and support student health/wellness. Now through April 15, Aera will match any donation, up to $5,000 total, for Spring ‘21 Health/Wellness Grants to Ventura Unified educators. These grants bring much needed supplies and equipment to classrooms, strengthening health/wellness opportunities for students. Community members are also invited to share how they stay healthy and why student health/wellness is vital at facebook.com/VenturaEducationPartnership.
“Educating the whole child has always been a focus – good nutrition, physical activity and social/emotional wellness- that’s more important now than ever. Healthy environments help students remain focused on school, improve academic performance and classroom behavior. The new Health/Wellness Grants reinforce that,” said Kathy Asher and Debbie Golden, Co-Vice Presidents of Grants.
“Due to the pandemic, we have all had to get creative about how we go about preserving our mental and physical well-being,” explains Michele Newell, public affairs representative for Aera Energy. “Because Aera has always placed high value on health and wellness, we literally jumped at the opportunity to challenge our community to help bring fun, creative activities to students that will get them moving and help them feel more positive.”
Over the past 10 years, Ventura Education Partnership has provided more than $1 million in small grants to VUSD teachers that make a BIG impact on learning. VEPGrants have touched every child in VUSD and have a lasting impact on learning by incentivizing innovation in the classroom and incubating new programs district-wide.
“It’s caring community partners, local businesses and individuals, who believe in teachers that make these amazing, hands on opportunities available for students. We are incredibly grateful to Aera Energy for stepping up during this challenging time to support student health/wellness,” said Madhu Bajaj, President of Ventura Education Partnership.
Newell said, “Students are the future leaders and visionaries of our community. We need to support initiatives that can impact lives and this one definitely hits the mark. I hope others will join us in supporting VEP’s effort.”