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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- School officials say money from a trust fund will bring new playgrounds, walking tracks, and fitness arenas to 19 schools in Rockingham County.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust announced they will fund elementary and middle schools in the county as part of its Healthy Places initiative. The initiative aims to help rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties. Rockingham County is one of four counties asked to participate.

Officials say all Rockingham County schools will receive funding, which includes 15 elementary schools and 4 middle schools. The trust invested $14,000 to $35,000 per school. Schools receiving smaller grants will receive matching dollars from Rockingham County Schools for improvements.

The $486,500 grant to Rockingham County schools was announced as part of the foundation's recent funding cycle, when the trust approved more than $4.9 million in funding to improve the overall health of North Carolinians, with an intense focus on rural, low-income communities.

The trust plans to invest $100 million in 10 to 15 rural, low-income counties over a 10-year period.

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