U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $33 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-based Organizations to Develop Physical Education and Nutrition Programs

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U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $33 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-based Organizations to Develop Physical Education and Nutrition Programs

April 15, 2014

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 Gateway School District




Gadsden City Board of Education


Walker County Board of Education




Mansfield School District 76




San Carlos Unified School District




California Health Collaborative


Youth Policy Institute


Mission View Public Charter School


Kids Moving, Inc.


Alta Vista Public Charter Inc.


Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF)Public Charter Schools




School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver




Capitol Region Education Council




The School Board of Broward County, FL


Caridad Center, Inc.




Moscow School District No.281




Matteson School District 162


Woodstock Community Unit School District 200


East St. Louis School District 189




Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation




Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka




Fleming County Schools


Danville Independent School District


Menifee County School District


Ashland Independent School District




Madison-Tallulah Education Center




Somerville Public Schools


Brockton Public Schools




Healthy Community Coalition




Kent Intermediate School District


Lansing School District




Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Community Schools


Hendricks Public School




Simpson County School District




Shepherd Public Schools


Hays Lodge ole School District 50


North Dakota


Divide County #1 School District




Educational Service Unit #1


Educational Service Unit #6


New Mexico


The Grant Experts, dba:  Capacity Builders, Inc.


New York


Holley Central School District


LeRoy Central School


St. Christophers Incorporated


Clyde-Savannah Central School District


I Challenge Myself, Inc.


Olean City School District


Lewiston-Porter Central School District




Lake County General Health District




Putnam City School District 1-001, Oklahoma County


Schools for Healthy Lifestyles, Inc.


Keys Public Schools


Checotah Public Schools




Keystone Central School District


Archway Charter School of Chester, Inc.


The School District of the City of Erie, PA


Shamokin Area School District


South Dakota






Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley




Harlandale Independent School District




Salt Lake City School District




Unity School District


West Allis-West Milwaukee School District


Lake Geneva Jt#1 Elementary School District


Pittsville School District


Riverdale School District


Highland School District


Mukwonago Area School District