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When is it to cold for recess?

Too cold for recess. When the weather outside is frightful, recess on the playground may not be delightful.  Just ask any playground supervisor.

Outdoor recess, however, is a reality and daily decisions about "how cold is too cold" is something site principals, teachers, and day care directors will be making during the winter months.  Snow, wind, and icy conditions make deciding when to let kids go out and play a difficult decision.


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School Meals that Rock  Webinar

by Dayle Hayes

Did you miss the Comfortable Cafeteria Webinar this month?  You can access an on-demand copy of the presentation and download the handouts.  

A special thanks to Dayle Hayes, award-winning author, educator, and nutrition coach from Montana, who addressed a variety of positive meal time practices in the cafeteria.


A special thank you to Team Nutrition in Montana for providing support for this webinar. 


Ten Grants for Peaceful Playgrounds and physical activity programming.

Rite Aid
The Rite Aid Foundation is dedicated to helping communities lead happier, healthier lives and seeks to fund programs that focus on health and wellness in areas in which Rite Aid operates. 

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Application information.

A second option is to enroll your school in KidsCents, where people can round up their purchases at Rite Aid and give the change to programs for kids and communities.


Healthy Schools (CO) Foundation    
The focus of the Healthy Schools program is to expand the number of public schools and preschools that have health and nutrition education, physical education, healthy food in cafeterias and vending machines, opportunities for physical activity, and health care services.

Award amounts vary. Nonprofit organizations and public agencies located in Colorado are eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 15, 2014






Run for Good Grant

Sponsor: The Saucony Run For Good Foundation

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity and healthy lifestyle programs for youth.

Funding Amount:  $10,000 

Deadline: December 13, 2013 


Fitness Program Grants
Sponsor: Good Sports

Good Sports helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports is able to provide equipment, apparel, and footwear to programs in need.

Award amounts vary. Schools are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2013

Sponsor: Fiskars

Project Orange Thumb encourages creative expression in gardening by providing grants to efforts geared toward sustainable agriculture, neighborhood beautification, youth development, and community involvement.

Funding Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 5, 2011





Youth Athletic and Active Lifestyle Grant Programs
Sponsor: Finish Line Youth Foundation

Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas: (1) Youth athletic programs - Community-based programs addressing active lifestyle and team building skills; and (2) Camps - Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids.

Funding Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 2013



Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this funding is to support institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to reduce health disparities among minority and underserved children.

Funding: Multiple awards of varying amounts.

Deadline: January 8, 2014





Find Your Balance Challenge
Sponsor: Together Counts

The Find Your Balance Challenge is open to elementary school classrooms in grades K-5 and rewards student teams for taking steps toward achieving Energy Balance in your own school communities.

Funding Amount: $30,000 Grand Prize Grant. One Second Place school, $10,000; and one Third Place school, $5,000.

Deadline: 1/31/2014





Toolbox for Education Grants
Sponsor: The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

The Lowe's Foundation is accepting applications for its Toolbox for Education Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. For the 2012-13 school year program, the foundation will give priority to supporting the basic needs of communities. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit are encouraged.

Funding Amount:  $5,000  

Deadline: February 15, 2013




Champions for Healthy Kids
Sponsor: The General Mills Foundation

The General Mills Foundation, in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is accepting applications for its Champions for Healthy Kids grant program. The purpose of the program is to support sustainable, effective programs working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.

Funding Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 15, 2014


Testimonial Oak Terrace Elementary School Principal on Peaceful Playgrounds Program.
Testimonial: Oak Terrace Elementary School Principal on Peaceful Playgrounds Program.

How to Use the Recess Roll Out Stencils
How to use Recess Roll-out playground stencils
How to use Recess Roll-out playground stencils

Stewart Elementary U.S.  Map
U.S. Map Contest Stencil Giveaway
Enter your school today in the Learn to Play U.S. Playground Map Stencil Giveaway. The beautiful geographically and proportionately accurate educational map stencil is 16 feet by 27 feet and extends the classroom curriculum to recess and outdoor play. History and geography come alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set. Enter Your School Today!
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Act Now.

Games book

This book is instantly available for download.

20 Outdoor Learning games.
Offer Expires: Dec. 16, 2013         No exceptions.  Introductory Offer.  Act today.