U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $32 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations for Nutrition and Physical Education

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $32 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations for Nutrition and Physical Education

September 30, 2013

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 60 grants totaling nearly $32 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) under 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 grades K-12. The PEP program is aligned with and supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools initiative to get kids moving before, during and after school.

"Healthy, active students do better in school and in life," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These grants will help schools and communities educate students on the value of healthy lifestyles through programs that get kids moving and teach lifelong healthy habits."

In 2013, PEP applicants were invited to align their proposals with seven "design filters" for creating engaging, high-quality physical activity programs. Applicants could also receive points for focusing their efforts on the persistently lowest-achieving schools in their area. More than half of awardees chose to address one or both of these two new priority areas for the PEP program.

All PEP 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:

  • 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 60 grantees:

Grantee State Year 1 Award
Springdale Public School District AR $735,081
Alameda County Office of Education CA $661,906
Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation CA $565,780
Diego Hills Charter School CA $211,023
Desert Sands Public Charter, Inc CA $422,942
New London Public Schools CT $687,138
Westport Public Schools CT $616,157
District of Columbia Public Schools DC $570,942
School Board of Pinellas County, FL FL $775,179
School Board of Miami-Dade County, FL FL $763,761
Brevard Public Schools FL $311,955
Cedar Falls Community School District IA $605,083
Marshalltown Community School District IA $494,201
Iowa City Community School District IA $263,408
Marion Independent School District IA $354,001
Middleton School District ID $441,228
Chicago Public Schools, District 299 IL $750,000
Hononegah Community High School District 207 IL $615,733
ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois IL $373,406
Newport Independent Schools KY $478,403
Berkshire Medical Center MA $745,513
North Brookfield Public Schools MA $390,196
Watertown Public Schools MA $391,269
Maine School Administrative District 15 ME $465,133
Stillwater Area Public Schools ISD #834 MN $727,030
Winona R-III School District MO $190,358
HELP Committee and Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line MT $145,037
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools NC $599,514
Iredell-Statesville Schools NC $749,916
Buncombe County Schools NC $752,093
Public Schools of Robeson County NC $698,129
South Orange-Maplewood School District NJ $542,081
The Renaissance Charter School NY $471,986
Queensbury Union Free School District NY $547,829
City School District of New Rochelle NY $675,000
Caledonia- Mumford Central School District NY $448,469
South Colonie Central School District NY $714,708
Mexico Academy & Central School District NY $640,727
Holland Central School District NY $605,957
Palmyra-Macedon Central School District NY $328,417
Greater Amsterdam School District NY $633,071
Watkins Glen Central School District NY $592,110
Adelphi University NY $326,416
Southern Local Schools OH $384,507
Perry Local Schools OH $762,811
Wickliffe City Schools OH $384,522
Beggs Public School District OK $422,176
Beresford School District 61-2 SD $398,590
Crockett Independent School District TX $640,012
IDEA Public Schools TX $747,092
Ogden City School District UT $719,869
Mead School District 354 WA $430,409
NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 WA $369,783
Newport Consolidated School District #56-415 WA $378,000
Southern Door County School District WI $461,590
School District of Monroe WI $423,080
School District of Wild Rose WI $497,431