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Warrensburg mother awarded grant, local students learn about asthma

Laura Moore ,who won a national grant of $5,000 for Warrensburg Elementary to develop an asthma awareness program, greets her son Thomas — who has asthma — after a football practice last fall. Laura Moore and her husband Dean manage their two children’s asthma, while encouraging them to be active in various sports.

Laura Moore ,who won a national grant of $5,000 for Warrensburg Elementary to develop an asthma awareness program, greets her son Thomas — who has asthma — after a football practice last fall. Laura Moore and her husband Dean manage their two children’s asthma, while encouraging them to be active in various sports. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Teachers Anne Downes and Scott Smith provided input for the grant application.

Molly Wilson of the coalition said that Moore’s submission was chosen because it demonstrated a partnership between the school and community.

“We liked the application from Warrensburg because a parent had worked closely with the school to determine the best way to utilize the grant,” Wilson said. “It was clear that with them working in such a partnership, the money would be used for the intended purpose.”

Moore said that caring for her children with asthma has had its challenges through the years, but she and her husband Dean have remained focused on engaging their children in activities as much as their asthma conditions would allow.

With the support and advice of medical practitioners, both of their boys are involved in a variety of sports including ice hockey, soccer, baseball, football and skiing.

“Actively managing their asthma has been key to maintaining their interest in having fun,” Moore said.

Interactive displays detailing the local students’ activities related to asthma awareness will be on display at an upcoming Wellness and Health Fair to be presented some time in June at the school, Moore said.

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