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Healthier neighborhood programs drawing millions from foundations

March 6, 2011
by Suzanne Bohan
San Jose Mercury News

Students' faces brighten when Shantrell Sneed -- "Coach Trell" to the kids -- walks into a classroom at San Pablo's Riverside Elementary School.

She organizes play during recess, promoting physical activity, conflict resolution, friendship and improved academic performance. These ultimately are elements of longer and healthier lives.

One of her games involves a spirited version of roshambo -- the "rock, paper, scissors" hand game. As kids defeat rivals, they accumulate "cheerleaders," and all shout out the final winner's name.

One student asked if there was a prize.

 

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