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State grant would aid student activity

September 23, 2010
A state-funded grant would provide funds to increase physical activity among students. The Warren County School District’s board of directors recently voted unanimously to instruct district administrators to work on applications for the Get Active! mini-grant. At a previous meeting of the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee, Coordinator of Grants and Foundation Development Matthew Jones said the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports offers up to $3,000 for each grant. If administrators see an active interest in the grant, he said they would develop a project for submission. The money creates an environment or system change, Jones said, adding that projects could include new activities. Committee member Paul Yourchisin asked about the difference between a grant and a mini-grant. According to Jones, funders make the distinction. “It’s based on how much it represents to them,” Jones said. “It’s subjective.” A grant overview explained the council is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 program. Up to 20 applicants will receive funding, the overview stated, with a due date of Sept. 15 (which Jones said the district met) and notification coming after Dec. 1. According to the overview, grant money can provide for planned physical activity programs which might need equipment. As examples, the overview listed exergaming (technology-based games), exercise balls, jump ropes, scooters, bikes, bike racks, basketball hoops, basketball nets and volleyball nets. In addition, the overview cited social support networks to encourage behavioral change as another acceptable use of funds. These might include exercise or walking groups, according to the overview. The council’s website states an executive order issued in 1997 established the council. It has a stated mission of providing leadership to promote physically active lifestyles and linking families, communities, schools, worksites, health care and media.


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