Meadowview Elementary school physical education teacher Joe McCarthy has won a $25,000 regional grant to develop programs to promote physical activity among schoolchildren.
The grant comes from the Active Schools Acceleration Project, associated with the Partnership for a Healthier America.
The partnership's honorary chairwoman is First Lady Michelle Obama, whose "Let's Move" initiative is aimed at ending childhood obesity. More information: www.lets move.gov and www.ahealthieramerica.org.
St. Thomas Academy named a Burnsville junior, Sgt. 1st Class Elliot Polsky, as its noncommissioned officer of the year.
Polsky received a $500 tuition award as one of the military school's top three cadets.
Founded in 1885 by Archbishop John Ireland, St. Thomas Academy is a Catholic college prep school for boys in Mendota Heights. It enrolls about 665 students in grades 7 through 12. More information: www.cadets.com.
Garlough Environmental Magnet School and Henry Sibley High School will serve free meals to children age 18 and under this summer under a nutrition program intended to fill the gap for needy kids when school is not in session.
The cafeteria at Garlough, 1740 Charlton St., West St. Paul, will serve breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on these dates:
• Tuesday through Thursday, June 19 through Aug. 2 (closed July 3-5).
• Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-17.
Henry Sibley High School's cafeteria, 1897 Delaware Av., Mendota Heights, will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Meals will be served weekdays June 13 and through Aug. 2, with the exception of July 4, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30.
"With the help of local community volunteers, we were able to serve over 20,000 meals last summer through this program," said Jeff Wolfer, District 197 child nutrition director. "We want to help as many children in need as possible, so to eat these free meals kids simply need to show up."
WILLIAM C. CRUM