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Grant Paves Way for New Pickleball Paddles at Conway

Students hold their new pickleball paddles on the playground.

Our students at Conway Elementary are ready to play some pickleball! Ann Chapin, the school’s physical education teacher, applied for and received a $150 mini-grant from the Greater St. Louis Region Missouri State Teachers Association that she plans on putting toward some better quality pickleball paddles!

Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that combines ping pong, badminton and tennis skills. The students play the sport during their PE classes and recess.

“It’s a lifetime activity that all ages can enjoy together,” Ann said. “The upgraded paddles would allow the teachers and parents to improve their skills, too. My long-term goal is to grow the sport within the district!”

Ten of the grants were bestowed. Teachers throughout St. Louis county, St. Louis City, St. Charles County and Lincoln County applied.