VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Vigo County School Corporation is one of the many organizations that has received funds to improve Hoosiers’ health outcomes through the Indiana Department of Health.

This is part of the states ‘Health Issues and Challenges Grantees’ Project.

As a part of the grant the Vigo County School Corporation received over $100,000 that will go toward Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.

Annie Noble Director of Health and Nutrition said the school corporation has proposed three different programs set to roll out this school year.

The programs will include indoor hydroponic gardens, a family engagement day, as well as a health etiquette club.

Noble said the proposed five hydroponic gardens will aim to yield fresh produce for the lunchroom year round.

She said the engagement day and etiquette club will be equally as important, as it allow community partners to come together to provide some educational services and tools.

Purdue Extension Vigo County and Union Health have already partnered with the school corporation for future incentives in regards to these up and coming programs.

Noble said as 95% of students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School benefit from free or reduced lunch programs, there’s a huge need for new health and nutrition programs.

“Any sort of assistance we can provide and facilitate for these kids and their families is helpful,” Noble said. “We wanted with this grant to really focus on innovative ideas.”

The Health Issues and Challenges Grant for these programs will start the beginning of August.