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PEP grant comes to an end

September 29, 2014

After three years, the federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant comes to an end on Sept. 30. The $2.1 million grant, which the district was awarded in 2011, has paved the way for many new initiatives in the district physical education program.

During the past three years, the district has implemented a series of innovative physical education programs for students in all grade levels, as well as programs with community partners, with the goal of increasing the number of high-interest physical education activities in the K-12 program, providing fitness opportunities, nutrition information and teacher training.

“We revamped the curriculum K-12, traveled around the country to take part in professional development opportunities, conducted a number of Family Fitness Nights for the community, helped our community partners with resources, added a number of choices for the studnets and now have a choice model for grades 6-12 for the students to take advantage of,” said Athletic Director Nick Fitzgerald. “We upgraded our facilities and helped shape our PE program for years to come.”

Among the many updates to programs, four major areas include the Project Adventure equipment (climbing walls, an outdoor course at the middle school and a course at the high school), electronic sport walls (provide an interactive game and physical challenge experience), $300,000 in fitness equipment for the middle and high school fitness centers, and a number of equipment upgrades for the elementary schools (providing more choices for students and teachers).

Some grant money was also used for the Nutritional Nuggets BackPack Program, which provides students in need with backpacks full of healthy food on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat throughout the weekend. The district partners with the Moreau Community Center and the Regional Food Bank of NENY for this program, which serves students in each of the four elementary schools in the district.

“Receiving the PEP grant was a fantastic opportunity for our school district and our staff has worked to improve every area of physical education in the district,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “The South Glens Falls community should be proud of the exciting and expanded opportunities that the grant has provided for our children and residents.”

View a video about the PEP Grant!

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