Evansville School District Receives Federal Grant

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The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. has landed a grant of more than $380,000 from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding is part of a nationwide effort to implement physical activity and nutrition activities in schools.

April 15, 2014

News Release

Washington D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). Funding is intended to assist these entities with initiating, expanding, or enhancing physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Through these programs, it is expected that students will develop an appreciation for lifelong, healthy nutrition and physical education habits, and make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education.

"A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement."

Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education. In addition, these programs must undertake the following: 1) instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition, and 2) physical fitness activities that include at least one of the following:

• fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being;

• instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student;

• development of and instruction in cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle;

• opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation; and

• opportunities for professional development for physical education teachers to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students manages the PEP grants and supports efforts to create safe schools, ensure the health and well-being of students, teach students good citizenship and character, respond to crises, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. For additional information on the PEP grant program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html.

Below is a list of the 67 grantees:

Alaska

Alaska Gateway School District $469,262

Alabama

Gadsden City Board of Education $368,908

Walker County Board of Education $729,753

Arkansas

Mansfield School District 76 $160,000

Arizona

San Carlos Unified School District $578,221

California

California Health Collaborative $644,351

Youth Policy Institute $750,000

Mission View Public Charter School $256,764

Kids Moving, Inc. $602,760

Alta Vista Public Charter Inc. $427,942

Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF)Public Charter Schools $845,138

Colorado

School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver $508,006

Connecticut

Capitol Region Education Council $350,452

Florida

The School Board of Broward County, FL $950,949

Caridad Center, Inc. $600,146

Idaho

Moscow School District No.281 $452,654

Illinois

Matteson School District 162 $242,470

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 $550,190

East St. Louis School District 189 $635,985

Indiana

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation $384,563

Kansas

Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka $272,480

Kentucky

Fleming County Schools $343,709

Danville Independent School District $379,796

Menifee County School District $260,261

Ashland Independent School District $214,843

Louisiana

Madison-Tallulah Education Center $573,202

Massachusetts

Somerville Public Schools $613,554

Brockton Public Schools $645,264

Maine

Healthy Community Coalition $727,772

Michigan

Kent Intermediate School District $429,404

Lansing School District $715,726

Minnesota

Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Community Schools $172,052

Hendricks Public School $420,408

Mississippi

Simpson County School District $496,618

Montana

Shepherd Public Schools $351,802

Hays Lodge ole School District 50 $390,684

North Dakota

Divide County #1 School District $690,869

Nebraska

Educational Service Unit #1 $494,356

Educational Service Unit #6 $760,419

New Mexico

The Grant Experts, dba: Capacity Builders, Inc. $718,465

New York

Holley Central School District $441,840

LeRoy Central School $445,037

St. Christophers Incorporated $577,861

Clyde-Savannah Central School District $358,468

I Challenge Myself, Inc. $219,622

Olean City School District $409,217

Lewiston-Porter Central School District $701,703

Ohio

Lake County General Health District $746,436

Oklahoma

Putnam City School District 1-001, Oklahoma County $734,222

Schools for Healthy Lifestyles, Inc. $934,767

Keys Public Schools $607,828

Checotah Public Schools $450,716

Pennsylvania

Keystone Central School District $280,570

Archway Charter School of Chester, Inc. $750,010

The School District of the City of Erie, PA $582,627

Shamokin Area School District $537,167

South Dakota

DIAL/MCEC $429,680

Tennessee

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley $509,412

Texas

Harlandale Independent School District $750,000

Utah

Salt Lake City School District $529,811

Wisconsin

Unity School District $375,151

West Allis-West Milwaukee School District $857,413

Lake Geneva Jt#1 Elementary School District $281,641

Pittsville School District $442,525

Riverdale School District $391,699

Highland School District $359,816

Mukwonago Area School District $446,041

Source: U.S. Department of Education