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St. Vrain Valley Schools receives $1.4-million physical activity grant

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By The Staff

LONGMONT — The Colorado Health Foundation awarded St. Vrain Valley Schools a Physical Activity Grant in the amount of $1.4 million to increase the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity students engage in everyday activities at school.

The grant will impact about 16,000 elementary and K-8 students, and 1,000 teachers district-wide.

The Colorado Health Foundation selected St. Vrain Valley in part for its existing efforts to expand healthy living activities for students.

“According to the 2013 Colorado Health Report Card, we only rank 24th in the nation based on how physically active our children are. One third of our kids are not meeting the suggested threshold of physical activity,” noted Kelly Dunkin, vice president of philanthropy for the Colorado Health Foundation. “On a positive note, there is growing interest in the education community for incorporating more physical activity into the school day to support and improve student learning and behavior. The St. Vrain Valley School District, and their passionate leadership and staff, have made physical activity a priority. We are proud to partner with them as we work to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.”  

The grant will impact students and staff at each of the district’s 31 elementary and K-8 schools with increased physical exercise activities before and throughout the school day.

Over the course of the 39-month grant, teachers will receive professional development training, classroom resources, and equipment to carry out the plan.

Implementation of the grant will take place over a two-year period, with 17 of the 31 elementary and K-8 schools beginning in the fall of 2014 and the remaining 14 schools in the fall of 2015. 

For more information about the grant, contact SVVSD instructional coordinator Paige Jennings at 303-702-7916 or Jennings_paige@svvsd.org.