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School Health Highlights

School Grant Opportunity
We are pleased to announce the availability of $4,000 health and wellness grants for public middle and high schools to achieve our vision that  New Jersey youth are healthy and ready to learn in a school environment that supports wellness and offers opportunities for healthy choices.  All districts that register with the  Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program   are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Friday June 10th. These school grants are made possible through EmPoWER Somerset's School Health grant, funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.  A total of thirty grants will be awarded statewide for schools to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. EmPoWER Somerset will provide guidance and technical support for ten schools that are selected for funding in the central region.
Public Health Symposium

EmPoWER's director of health & wellness, Kristen Schiro was one of the presenters at the Rutgers annual Public Health Symposium entitled A Healthy Nation Starts with Healthy Children.  Kristen provided an overview of the New Jersey Department of Health child and adolescent program's framework and strategies for improving the health of our children and the impact of health on academic achievement.
Parents As Champions 

Congratulations to our 10 parents for completing the Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools program! For five weeks, parents came together to learn about school health, educating the whole child, advocacy and leadership. Working in school teams each team has the opportunity to use the knowledge learned during the workshop and apply for a $1,000 mini grant.   We are looking forward to receiving these grant applications and awarding funds for health and wellness actions in our local schools.
5K School Team Contest
All Somerset County middle and high schools are invited to create a fun run team to participate in the 5K Race to Wellness on June 8th. To register your team e-mail by May 25th.
The school with the largest team will receive prizes including:
  • A luxury suite at a Somerset Patriots game
  • A plaque to display in your school 
  • Award by 4-Time Olympian, Joetta Clark Diggs 
  • Customized tank tops in your school colors
  • Announcement in EmPoWER Somerset newsletter 
*School team members do not have to be students.  They can be friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, etc.


EmPoWER Somerset is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Somerset County Wellness Committee on the 3rd annual 5K Race to Wellness on Wednesday June 8th at Skillman Park, a USATF Certified Course!  
Race packet pickup will be from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. The 5K race will begin at 7:00 pm and a 1 Mile Fun Walk will begin at 7:05 pm. The awards ceremony will be at  approximately 8:00pm

Students (age 19 and under) $20
Seniors (age 60 and over) $20
All others $30
An on-line registration fee of $2.50 per person applies.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers including gift cards of $100, $75 and $50 for the top three overall finishers respectively and medals to the top three male and female finishers in each age category.   Prizes will also be awarded to the Somerset County middle or high school that assembles the largest team - see the article above for more details!

In addition to EmPoWER Somerset, proceeds will benefit  nonprofit organizations Middle Earth, Somerset County 4-H and Somerset County Tourism. 


Family Success Center
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County...     
 Project Prom Princess
Project Prom Princess, a free prom dress giveaway event co-hosted by the EmPoWER Family Success Center and Raritan Valley Community College was a great success with over 150 dresses distributed to local young ladies.  Over 550 gown donations were collected and the remaining dresses and accessories were donated to the 2016 Extraordinary Prom Dress Giveaway at Franklin Township High School. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, donors and volunteers for making this a memorable event!

The EmPoWER Family Success Center is a community gathering place that provides free family fun activities, workshops, and connects families to local resources. The EmPoWER  FSC holds at least one free family fun night each month throughout Somerset County.
  Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or
        Check out the links below for more 
Family Success Center happenings:

2015 Annual Report   
We invite you to view EmPoWER Somerset's 2015 annual report detailing our diverse programs and services including School Health, EmPoWER Family Success Center, County Council for Young Children, Safe Communities Coalition and a spectrum of evidence-based prevention education programs for individuals, families, veterans and active military. 

Our Mission:   EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.