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Friday, Aug 22 2014 10:03 AM

Kaiser Permanente awards $10k to Cummings Valley PTO

Last month, Kaiser Permanente held a special grantee award reception at the Metro Galleries in Bakersfield to honor 20 organizations for their commitment to creating a healthier community.

A total of $216,368 in community grants were distributed, including $10k to Cummings Valley PTO of Tehachapi.

"Improving the health of our community takes an incredible amount of time, passion, energy and resources," said Kristin Weber, Kaiser senior community benefit specialist. "Kaiser Permanente Kern County is committed to partnering with organizations to create an environment of health for all."

According to Weber, Cummings Valley PTO was the only organization from Tehachapi that applied, and it was funded for $10,000.

"This grant will fund a physical education shed complete with laminated activity cards as well as the equipment necessary to lead a class of children in a physical activity," said Weber. "Their goal is to make P.E. fun and easier to teach by providing the equipment and supplies necessary to both the teacher and the student."

Keynote speaker was Cynthia Pollard, president/CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. Following the reception, checks were presented to all recipients.

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