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U.S. ED’s OSDFS Awards More Than $35 Million to School Districts for Physical Education!

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools awarded 76 grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) who 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 initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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.

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which manages PEP, 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.

To see the list of this year’s winners, please click HERE or on the above graphic to see our Carol M. White PEP Grant E-zine!

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