SKOWHEGAN — Somerset Heart Health’s Move More Kids program recently awarded mini-grants to local towns. The purpose of the grants is to provide opportunities for children and adults to get more exercise and lead healthier lifestyles. Solon, Bingham, Mercer, Madison and Starks received the grants. The New Balance Foundation funds the program.

The town of Starks’ Starks Enrichment and Education Society program received a grant to open a Winter Kids program at the Community Center.

The mini-grant to Bingham allowed the town to create a small skating rink at the foot of Baker Mountain.

Joy Hikel, the Economic & Community Development Director officer for the town of Madison, used a Move More Kids mini-grant to pay for grooming a one-mile cross-county ski trail at the Preble Avenue Recreation Fields.

The town of Solon used its mini-grant to expand the popular summer children’s program. The program takes place on school grounds and the school system provides breakfast and lunch. The Solon Recreation Department transports the children to swimming in the Embden Swim Program for two weeks.

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