Target, Vikings award Waite Park School grant money

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January 3, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

December was a good month for Waite Park School, as it was awarded $25,000 through two different grants.

Target Corporation gave $15,000 to upgrade technology in the school's media center. Mary Beth Scallen, Waite Park's media specialist, received the grant on behalf the school. Target has been an active benefactor of Waite Park over the years, providing mentors, tutors, and books, as well as helping with a library makeover a few years ago.

On Dec. 18, Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings presented Waite Park with a check for $10,000, along with four Xbox Kinects and gym supplies on behalf of the NFL's Play 60 program. The program promotes active lifestyles and healthy eating choices for kids.

Allen spent the day doing exercises with the kids and talking about the importance of eating well and stay active.

“It was one of the best assemblies I've ever been to,” said Allen in a video on “The kids we absolutely so polite and the participation level was so great, it was like, OK, I want my kids to go to a school like this.”

A task force has been formed to decide the best way to spend the money from the Play 60 grant.