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Middle school receives NFL grant

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Special to the Pioneer

When Coach Trent Viau received an e-mail from a colleague advising him about a grant opportunity from the NFL worth $10,000, he considered deleting the e-mail, thinking there was little chance that a small rural middle school in Levy County could ever be fortunate enough to win such a large amount of money. 

But the more he read about the grant, the more convinced he became that Williston Middle School would be a perfect pick for such a grant. 

In order to qualify, schools had to answer three questions related to celebrating the return of the NFL season, the PE environment at their school and their commitment to educating their students about the importance of health and wellness. 

In addition to the questions an essay had to be included, describing why the school would be a good choice as the grant recipient. 

 Viau said the questions were pretty easy to answer and the essay was obvious, because WMS is situated in a small town where athletics and physical health are important to our community and WMS is housed in a very old facility that needs many upgrades in the area of sports and physical education equipment. 

Along with the written submission, Viau held an NFL Fan Day where students and staff dressed in the colors of their favorite team and took pictures of the events.

 After he submitted the grant application the waiting began and the coach watched daily for the announcement of the winner. When the news came that WMS had been named a winner in the Play 60 Super School Contest, the entire campus could hardly contain their excitement. The school is looking forward to a visit from the NFL and the award of $10,000.00, which will be used to purchase equipment for the physical education program at WMS. For more information about the contest and the rewards visit http://nflsuperschool.teamdigital.com/official-rules.php