The Sheboygan Area School District was one of only 16 school districts nationwide to receive a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant, receiving a grant totaling $1,438,038.
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to local education agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including before school, after school, and summer programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting their state’s standards for physical education.
The Sheboygan Area School District proposes to serve 10,247 students with their “Spirit on the Lake” program. The program will promote: lifelong physical activity among students; alignment of the PE and nutrition curricula with state standards; knowledge about good nutrition, fitness concepts, and self-management skills to help students set and achieve personal health goals; and, engaged students who independently participate in physical activity for fun in and out of school. Project activities to achieve the goals include:
- Rewriting the K-12 PE curriculum so that it is sequential, age-appropriate, developmental, and aligned with all Wisconsin State standards
- Capitalizing on local resources to develop new family activities
- Introducing the Discover MyPlate and Serving Up MyPlate USDA Team Nutrition curricula to impact more than 5,300 K-5 students at all elementary schools
- Continuing to improve the district’s wellness policies regarding nutrition and physical activity
- Expanding the PE student assessment program so that all students in grades 6-12 learn how to monitor personal progress, set goals, and understand, improve, or maintain physical well-being
- Reinstating middle school athletics so that thousands of Sheboygan youth, regardless of poverty status, are given increased opportunity to engage in physical activity and develop critical developmental and interpersonal skills
- Introducing activities and programs that have been designed to develop cognitive concepts about physical fitness; and, 8) Introducing new PE units (Adventure Ed, wall climbing, cooperative games, etc.) that build students’ self-confidence, academic and problem-solving skills, and social ability.
“Our staff members worked at length to create a comprehensive grant proposal that will provide our students with expanded fitness and wellness opportunities throughout their education. What an incredible honor to have our proposal selected as one of only 16 nationally to receive funding,” said Superintendent Joseph Sheehan.
The PEP Grant Leadership Team includes Kevin Herber, David Rautmann and Kim Selby representing elementary schools, Lauren Braaksma, Jason Fortuna and Bill Meyer representing middle schools and Tanya Ten Pas and Peter Toutenhoofd representing high schools.
The team expects to begin work on the projects in early 2017.
The Sheboygan Area School District also received a PEP Grant in 2004 for $485,695.