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Bayou Chicot Elem. uses grants to provide students with healthy activities, meals

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VILLE PLATTE, La. -

Students at Bayou Chicot Elementary School now have healthier ways to learn, all thanks to grants. At the school, you won't see students standing still. 

"We walk like 15 to 20 minutes, and we just learn a lot from them," student Bella Fontenot said. 

The school has incorporated walk kits in the classrooms. It allows students to learn through podcasts while staying active.

"If you have classroom management, you get those kids a little more active," teacher Amy Andrus said. "They are going to concentrate better, and they're going to learn better." 

Andrus, along with Ann Soileau, applied for dozens of grants. Those grants have brought $25,000 worth of equipment to the school. The school now has healthier meals, activities, and even playground equipment. 

"We continue to receive them [grants]. They come in daily or weekly, and it surprises us as well just how much we've actually received," Soileau said. 

"We're now going to be receiving a salad bar in December for our staff and students as well." 

Another change is the seating arrangements in the classroom. Students can sit in desks that you don't typically see in the classroom. The changes are fun for the students, but also help them learn. 

"You see a difference in students' attitudes," Andrus said. "You see they're wanting to come to school."

More grants are on the way for students to continue living a healthy lifestyle. The school plans on creating a garden for students to plant in. 

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