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Another Obama Stimulus Fail: Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant – created “1.47″ jobs

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Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant – created “1.47″ jobs

October 8, 2012 | 2:36 pm 

This grant was brought to you by the letters “A” and “R” — as in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the “stimulus bill.”

Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal website:

SW [i.e., Sesame Workshop] will carry out an expansion of its highly successful Healthy Habits for Life initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity, targeting low-income preschool-aged children and their families and care providers.

The projected created “1.47″ new jobs, the website reported. How they could calculate this to a hundredth of a percent is anybody’s guess. In any event, that comes out to about $726,000 per job created.

The money is separate from the funds Sesame Workshop receives from the federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting to run the Sesame Street program on PBS stations.

The Recovery Act website lists the healthy eating project as more than 50 percent completed though most of the grant money appears to have been drawn.

Sesame Street has been in the news lately ever since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said  last week that he would like to cut the funding PBS even though he likes Big Bird, a popular character on the show. The statement prompted a public comment from PBScriticizing Romney.

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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Quoting Kate_Momof3:

This actually happened in our elementary school. Several moms came together, connected the school to local farmers, and incorporated fresh, locally grown veggies into the school lunch. The menu is fantastic and I'm grateful for their efforts. My daughter is guaranteed a healthy lunch whether she brings it from home or buys it at school. 

Our school also has recess before lunch. That way the kids go outside, get their metabolisms revved up, burn off energy and then have a good meal. Afternoons are nice and mellow for the most part. lol

Quoting broncfan:

Childhood obesity is a problem in this country that is real and great, Type 2 diabetes is showing up in kids more and more everyday.  The answer is not in Big Bird, these kids eat what is put on the table educating parents is the only answer in order to prevent CHO, once a child becomes obese it is harder to keep the weight off, if they are able to lose it.. Common sense is lacking in our government.  The pitiful amount we can offer in foodstamps is one problem, the lack of education of parents is another, the cost of food is another and the dang TV is another.  We are so busy regulating what our kids can and can not pray/read/pledge we have forgotten that only healthy kids learn well and healthy kids require good nutrition, exercise (lots of it) and sunshine.  One or two crunchy Moms in charge of the school day would solve so many of our problems, the guys in suits have not done so well.. What is good for kids in Washington state is not going to work here in Georgia, our culture is different our climate is different and we need to let the State of Georgia take care of their own, give them their fair share of what is spent in Washington and watch us grow and develop a great school system.

Big Bird and federal dollars in his nest are not going to solve Childhood obesity, we can not afford all this fluff we are going to have to get the dollars to where they work and stop throwing them away.

Isn't it great what a few Moms can do?  We have a community garden at our school, it has expanded from 2 acres to 14 acres in just 3 years.  Not only do the kids eat lunch from the garden, families in the school can trade work for veggies, if anything is left over it is donated to the local homeless shelter.  My neighbor teaches yoga every Tues and Thurs morning at 7:00 in the gym, parents and all students are welcome, we have 1st graders exercising next to high school football players next to a 50 year old parent, when she started she had 10 people show up, this morning I bet there were at least 100 people there.  Exercise, not just recess, music and art are important to the parents therefore we have made sure it is important to the school.  It might mean the kids have to do a little extra homework to keep up but it is all worth it.  We also had a Turn of the TV month last year, local business sponsored classrooms for prizes, the teachers reported that the less the kids were watching TV at night the better the behavior and the less the ADD kids had problems.  It is all very basic.  We need women running the world, things would be so much better.

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