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Leprino Foods Company Foundation donates $15,000 worth of grants to promote health in Colorado Schools

Courtesy of Western Dairy Association

Students stand with their checks for the grants they won Sept. 20 from the Leprino Foods Company Foundation.

Students earned the grants for their schools during a "Health Innovation Challenge" hosted at Leprino Foods Company in Denver. The Leprino Foods Company Foundation, in conjunction with partners, GENYOUth and Western Dairy Association, created the event to empower students to use their ideas to improve school nutrition and wellness. Throughout the day-long program Sept. 20, more than 50 high school students from throughout the Front Range designed and pitched their big ideas to improve nutrition and enhancing wellness at their schools to a panel of judges.

"Every single student brought a big idea to the table," said Mike Reidy, senior vice president of corporate affairs, Leprino Foods.

Student participants gained valuable leadership, collaboration, and innovation skills first-hand by designing and pitching their ideas for improving nutrition and wellness at their schools to a panel of judges. Schools from Colorado Springs to Greeley — working individually and in groups — worked with mentors to develop and prepare for their presentations.

The 10 winning ideas that will each receive a $1,500 grant from the Leprino Foods Company Foundation are:

» ­Adams City High School (Baby Steps Project)

» Denver Academy (Mentoring Physical Activity)

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"The amazing brain power assembled in the room today was so inspiring to see," said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. ❖