SPARK & Skillastics Team-Up to Get Kids Active

May 6th, 2011

SPARK is proud to announce a partnership with Skillastics, the leader in engaging, reinforcing, and assessing large groups of children PreK-12 in standards-based fitness and sports specific skill development activities. Skillastics, now a SPARK Recommended Resource, will enhance SPARK activities by providing an additional assessment tool, allowing the instructor the freedom to view a large […]

What is a PEP Grant?

April 13th, 2011

The PEP Grant, also known as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, is a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations, including religious organizations, to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for K through 12 students. In 2011, the PEP Grant will award schools and community-based organizations anywhere from $100,000 to $750,000 for programs that help students work toward meeting state standards for physical education.

SPARK Early Childhood Selected as 2011 Head Start Body Start Preferred Provider!

April 8th, 2011

Good news for all Head Start Centers: SPARK has been selected as a 2011 Preferred Provider for Head Start Body Start! Nearly $2 million in Play Space Grants will be awarded to Head Start Centers across the country this year by HSBS to improve their outdoor play spaces.  Grant recipients will be able to purchase […]

2011 AAHPERD National Convention in San Diego

March 15th, 2011

All of us at SPARK are very excited the 2011 AAHPERD National Conference is in San Diego this year! Make sure to visit the SPARK booth to see the latest and greatest, and you won’t want to miss these presentations: 1. Exergame Workshop: Oceans of Opportunities Active Games 4 Better Health: Presented by: Aaron Hart […]

300 Florida Middle Schools Implement SPARK

March 15th, 2011

The Florida Department of Health has partnered with the Florida Department of Education to bring SPARK Middle School Physical Education (MS PE) to 300 Middle Schools throughout the state. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” (CPPW) Cooperative Agreement, the Florida Middle School Physical Activity Project (MSPAP) is […]

Help Save the PEP Grant!

March 10th, 2011

Each year, the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awards millions of dollars to schools and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs. Funding for PEP is in serious danger and could be eliminated. Although the most recent Federal budgets (which did not include money for PEP) were not approved, there […]

Mission Possible for Your Program

February 23rd, 2011

“If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve arrived?” This statement is obviously pre-GPS technology, but I think you know where we’re going with this… At SPARK, we’re big believers in instructional alignment.  Sure, we have Standards, benchmarks, yearly plans, assessment tools, and activities, pedagogy, and equipment to coordinate.  Sheesh, […]

Let’s Move Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

February 15th, 2011

People often ask “What is Let’s Move! really doing?”  Well, as the First Lady has often said:  “We won’t solve our problems just by passing laws in Washington.  We know that stopping childhood obesity isn’t the job of just the government, or doctors, or community organizations.  We all have a role to play.” Let’s Move! […]

3 More Nutrition Education Questions Answered…

February 15th, 2011

This week we’re excited to feature three more nutrition education questions answered by our partner Healthy Kids Challenge- enjoy! 1) Can what I eat (as a teacher) affect what my kids eat? Yes, it can and it does! Research tells us that being a positive role model is important if we want to change behaviors. […]

New Obesity Statistics Widget

February 11th, 2011

The United States is facing a child obesity epidemic and now, more than ever, needs people and organizations to step forward to change our path of self destruction. The technology exists to focus the world’s talents, creativity, and expertise on solving the problem that has cost our nation trillions of dollars over the past decade in health care costs. The combination of a grassroots movement and innovative ideas for reversing obesity will save our country money, lives, and keep our kids healthy.