On Sept. 25, Ava R-I schools held their Missouri Foundation for Health Grant Kick-off during the school day. Wishing to involve the community and parents, however, the school continued their Grant Kick-Off to the football game on Friday, Sept. 27. A bounce house, provided by the Douglas County Health Department, was on hand for the students to jump in during the game; Douglas County Extension also provided a healthy alternative to soda by serving healthy juice drinks, and Sonic provided bottles of water. All the students were given “Good Food, Good Fun” wrist bands at school on Friday, and if students wore their bracelet Friday night they got in to the game free. Douglas County Health Department and University of Missouri Extension are partners with Ava R-I and Skyline R-2’s Healthy Schools Initiative Grant. We are excited about the opportunities this grant is going to offer our students and our community.