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Clark Elementary School receives Project Fit America grant

Western Baptist Hospital and Clark Elementary School leaders meet to discuss the Western Baptist-sponsored Project Fit America grant for the school. Pictured are Clark physical education teacher Jan Godwin, (left); PTO vice president Missy Brown; Bonnie Schrock, vice president of patient services; Paducah Public Schools facility director Troy Brock; Clark principal Steve Ybarzabal; vice-principal Erin Hayden, and Dona Rains, Western Baptist marketing director.


With a grant from Baptist Health Paducah, Clark Elementary School this fall will launch Project Fit America, a fitness program aimed at reducing childhood obesity. 

Clark is the fifth area school to win the $16,500 grant from Baptist Health Paducah for indoor and outdoor fitness equipment, teacher training and curriculum materials. Paducah’s McNabb Elementary and Graves County’s Central Elementary were awarded the program in 2007; Lone Oak Elementary, 2009; and Concord Elementary, 2011.    

The outdoor equipment in front of the school will be free and open, so the community may use it to get in shape.  

It is part of Baptist Health Paducah’s efforts aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Principal Steve Ybarzabal said the school is excited to partner with Baptist Health Paducah and Project Fit America.

“Any time we partner with others in our community, it’s a good thing,” Ybarzabal said. “But when the partnership improves the lives of our students, we’re making a difference.”

Physical education teacher Jan Godwin said Project Fit provides the perfect vehicle for exercise and nutrition education for her students and their families.

“I am excited that Clark students will have a variety of opportunities, through P.E. classes, recess and after-school play, to utilize the Project Fit America equipment as an additional resource to continue to develop and maintain an exercise program to live a healthy life,” Godwin said. 

Project Fit America (PFA) is a national nonprofit charity that provides exemplary cardiovascular health and fitness programming to schools.  Its mission is to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy by providing vital resources and support for physical education one schoolyard at a time.  For more information, visit

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,700 employees and 240 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. It is part of Baptist Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. For information, see