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WE Collaborate: Carol M. White PEP Grant

The Beaverton School District has been awarded a $669,484 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) 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 Beaverton School District (BSD) has developed a comprehensive project to improve the quality of physical education in the District, increase physical activity before, during, and after school, and create a school culture of wellness and activity that improves student health, nutrition, social/emotional development, and learning outcomes. The program will serve more than 28,000 students at all 44 elementary and middle schools throughout the District.

But the District cannot do this alone. In addition to the grant funds, the District has developed several community partnerships to support the project. The community partners have all agreed to serve on an advisory board that will oversee the progress and sustainability of the three-year project. In addition to serving on the advisory board, many of the partners have committed to monetary and programmatic support.

"Developing our community partnerships will allow us to increase physical activity before, during and after school. This grant will help us not only make headway in improving student's well-being, but also create sustainable long-term community partners," says Cheryl Wardell, Physical Education Curriculum Specialist and PEP Grant Manager.

Nike has contributed $200,000 to support Marathon Kids running clubs at 20 schools, sports and athletic equipment and field day activities at several of the District's high poverty schools. Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (THPRD) has committed to host two, two-week after school camps for six of the District's highest poverty schools and host nature walks throughout the school year.  Both Nike and THPRD have agreed to participate in the District's Physical Education (PE) Showcase at the elementary level and activity/health fair at the middle school level.

The City of Beaverton, and Mayor Denny Doyle, will designate an annual Student Health and Activity Day to align with the District's increased activity opportunities. Mayor Doyle will also serve on the advisory board, and support increased student activity across the city.

Additional partners include: Portland Trailblazers, Oregon Dairy Council, Stages Cycling, Kaiser Permanente and Upstream Public Health.