East St. Louis School District 189 – PEP Grant Case Study

October 7th, 2016

East St. Louis School District 189 implemented the research-based SPARK PE program when they received the PEP Grant. The PEP grant has helped the district revolutionize their physical education program for their students.

National Health Through Fitness Day 2016

March 17th, 2016

SPARK Executive Director, Dr. Kymm Ballard, participated in the 2016 SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day advocacy event on March 16, 2016 in Washington DC to support funding for physical education and health education in schools.

Advocating for Physical Education and Student Health

March 14th, 2014

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from going on “The Hill” to advocate for quality physical education. And, it seems to be working! Advocacy has helped provide federal funding for physical education and other important public health initiatives.

Update on the 2012 Carol M. White PEP Grants

February 22nd, 2012

Latest news for the 2012 PEP Grants: There will be no new PEP competition this year. Instead, the program will make new awards by funding down the slate of 2011 applicants. Therefore, no new or revised applications for PEP grants will be accepted in 2012. Applicants that did not win in 2011 may have the opportunity to […]

How to Qualify for a PEP Grant

April 29th, 2011

While any school or community-based program is qualified to apply for a Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, only applicants who follow traditional grantwriting standards and address the goals and requirements of the PEP Grant program are likely to be awarded PEP Grant money. • PEP Grants are awarded to organizations to help them initiate, enhance, […]

10 Physical Education Grants for California School Districts

April 17th, 2011

With budget cuts taking its toll on the education system in California, the physical education and health education programs are usually the first to go out the door. There are thousands of motivated individuals and groups with innovative ideas to keep physical education a priority on their campus but the public funds aren’t always available. […]

Fueling Student Success with Food and Fitness

November 10th, 2010

Brain breaks for better focus and concentration… Healthy eating messages sprinkled throughout the school hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms… Nutrition education woven into PE and core curriculum K-12… Where is this happening? Check out West Orange, New Jersey school district! “Teaching our students to maintain a healthy balance with eating and exercise is our top priority. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Use PECAT with PEP Grants

October 21st, 2010

The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The priority is the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may […]

Integrating Technology: Authentic Assessment in Physical Education

September 28th, 2010

How do you assess your students?  Do you measure effort by their attendance, participation, behavior, or whether or not they dress out?  Why not use assessment tools that accurately measure student involvement and physical activity levels? Using technology in physical education can be a powerful motivational and evaluative tool.  Don’t miss our upcoming webinar “Integrating […]

Joining the 2010 PEP Squad!

June 18th, 2010

Great news for all of us in the good ole’ U.S.A. this week. No, the oil is still leaking; Democrats and Republicans continue to argue; there is no peace in the Middle East. But if you’re someone who cares about healthy kids, you’re smiling from ear to ear. The 2010 PEP Grants were released! These […]