Dear St. Vrain Valley Community,
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SVVSD Physical Activity Grant
The Colorado Health Foundation recently awarded SVVSD a Physical Activity Grant in the amount of $1.4 million. The Physical Activity Grant is designed to support SVVSD in increasing the amount of student participation in daily moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Specifically, all 31 elementary and K-8 schools will receive funding and support to: implement opportunities for movement before (or after) school, incorporate movement breaks into classroom instruction time, and provide more opportunities for movement during recess.
100 Mile Club: In order to increase MVPA outside of the school day, SVVSD will implement the 100 Mile Club before school at all 31 schools. Schools can choose to implement the 100 Mile Club after school if they determine that before school is not a good option for their site; however, before school is ideal in terms of impact to academic achievement and behavior and discipline issues. As 100 Mile Club participants, students can track the miles they walk or run during 100 Mile Club designated time before or after school, during recess, and at 100 Mile Club sanctioned community events. This allows ALL students to participate and is a great way to combine all of their activity towards a common goal—walking or running 100 miles during the school year. The Physical Activity Grant will fund full participation costs for students on free or reduced lunch for up to two years if requested. The grant will also fund extra duty pay for a supervisor during 100 Mile Club walking/running time for two years.
Professional Development-Classroom Movement: Classroom teachers will be encouraged to integrate movement into classroom instruction. Grant funding will allow all elementary and K-8 teachers and administrators to attend a one-day professional development training on movement in the classroom presented by Kim Bevill. Ms. Bevill will provide staff and administration with the research, knowledge and tools needed to integrate physical activity into daily class routines. Every teacher that attends the training will receive classroom supplies and resources to support the integration of movement in the classroom such as: juggling scarves, fitness hotspots, bean bags, and resources on ‘brain breaks’ and classroom physical activities. Learn More
Recess Equipment: In order to promote MVPA at recess, each school will receive playground equipment such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, Frisbees, etc. By providing additional equipment, students will have more opportunities to be physically active during recess.
Schools scheduled for Year 1 Implementation (2014-2015)
- Black Rock
- Blue Mountain
- Fall River
- Flagstaff Academy
- Rocky Mountain
- St Vrain Community Montessori
- Twin Peaks
Schools scheduled for Year 2 Implementation (2015-2016)
- Aspen Ridge
- Carbon Valley Academy
- Eagle Crest
- Indian Peaks
- Longmont Estates
- Mountain View
- Prairie Ridge
- Red Hawk
- Thunder Valley K-8
- Timberline K-8
- Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools
- School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
- Active Living Research: Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess
Please contact Paige Jennings-Physical Activity Grant Coordinator 303-702-7916 with questions.