SOMC Presents Grant To Washington Nile Schools

Southern Ohio Medical Center has awarded a $20,000 grant to Washington Nile Schools for development of three fitness trails to help promote physical fitness in the community.

“We’re very excited to have the support of SOMC for this project,” Washington Nile Superintendent Patricia L. Ciraso said. “These trails will be a benefit to our whole community.” The project includes the construction of fitness trails at the Earl Thomas Conley Park, Washington Township Community Center and the Nile Township Community Center.

“This project is sustainable over a long period of time and provides something that can be shared by students, community members in the township and the entire county,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “It also includes key partnerships that make it a benefit to many in the area, and promotes physical fitness to help reduce the risks associated with our biggest health threats.”

The award was part of SOMC’s Make A Difference program, which included three grants to area schools who best demonstrated that their projects would meet the criteria of making an impact on students and the community, supporting SOMC’s values, the likelihood of success and sustainability.

The trails will be located at the park and the Nile Township Community Center, both located on US 52, and the Washington Township Community Center on SS Davis Lane, Ciraso explained. The trails are expected to be completed in September.

Other recipients of the SOMC Make A Difference Grant program included Green Local Schools and Greenup County Schools. Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.