Danville Schools Awarded $850,000 Physical Education Grant
Danville Schools Awarded $850,000 Physical Education Grant
Posted on 08/14/2014
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Danville Schools was one of the 67 grants awarded to Local Education Agencies and community Based Organizations (CBOs) to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). PEP grantees receive funds to initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. 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.

Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education. In addition, these programs must undertake 1) instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and 2) physical fitness activities that include at least one of the following: (a) fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being; (b) instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student; (c) development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle; (d) opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation; (5) and (e) opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.

Danville Schools will receive  $851,188.57 to be spent over the next three years.  The P.E. teachers from each school have already been trained on the SPARK curriculum and an after school fitness component.  All food services staff and P. E. teachers have also completed the Healthy Kids Challenge training this summer.  Community PEP partners include: Centre College, UK Extension, 4H, EMMH, Boyle County Health Department and the Boyle County Recreation Department.  Some highlights of the grant are:

  • Part-time school nurses for each school
  • SPARK P. E. curriculum and after school curriculum for K-12
  • P.E. Equipment for each school
  • Additional Professional Development  will be available for P.E. Teachers and K-12 regular education teachers
  • After School SPARK fitness classes will be provided to students two days per week for one hour with transportation provided for 28-30 weeks
  • Equipment for a Fitness Center, housed at Danville High School , will be open two mornings for an hour and two afternoons and available for districtwide staff and DHS students.  A schedule will be shared at a later date.
  • Every staff member and student will be challenged to walk at least 10,000 steps in a day 3 times per week and become a member of the 10,000 step club
  • A 10,000 Step Day will be hosted by all partners in the spring at Millennium Park for the entire community to participate and try to walk 10,000 steps. 

P.E. Teachers:  Brent Beauman, Candace Young, Caitlyn Kogge and Judie Mason

PEP Coordinator:  Kathy Belcher

PEP Co-Coordinator and District Nurse: Cherryl Kirilenko