Peaceful Playgrounds - Play Nice Newsletter
PEP Second Round Grantees Receiving Notification


Have you heard if your PEP grant was funded?  Schools began receiving calls last week confirming that they will be receiving PEP funding for the 2014 year.  An official list of schools should be out soon at the Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) website.


U.S. Map Stencil
Our elementary school has been wanting a USA map for two years.  Finding the volunteers to help was the challenge.

Jason was looking for a project for his Eagle Scout badge.  The map turned out to be the perfect project.

Jason coordinated the volunteers and the school now has two amazing maps.  The maps make the whole playground look so much more colorful and creative.

Taylor Elementary school
U.S. Map Stencil Contest
Physical Activity and the Brain
"Why Active Kids Make Better Learners"

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physical activity infographic
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"Physical activity has dramatic effects on individuals' physical and mental health," according to Charles Basch in his report, Healthier Students Make Better Learners.

Put simply, educational outcomes are directly influenced by health. It is no surprise that students' fitness levels continue to be low and obesity and overweight categories in youth continue to climb, presenting cascading and troubling trends toward overall student health and fitness. Is it any surprise that 8.4% of school age youth have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?


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Farm to School Grant Program

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Farm to School Grant Program Sponsor: USDA

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.

Grants between $15,000-$50,000 will be awarded. Schools are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: April 30, 2014. 

School Grants for Healthy Kids

Sponsor: Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year. School breakfast program pilot and/or expansion - to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs. Schools must realize an increase in daily ADP of school breakfast program by 25%, and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2015.

May 2, 2014 

ING Run For Something Better   
Sponsor: ING & The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Submitted: 2/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

Working in partnership with NASPE, ING will provide grants to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one. The goal of this funding is to empower school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At least 60 grants of up to $3,500 will be awarded to select applicants. Programs that target grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in elementary or middle schools are eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2014

Make sure to visit our website for grant writing templates and resources. 
PE Program
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 comes alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set.
Free Webinars
Learn how to create a playground that really works! Webinars are 45 minutes long with an informative 15 minute question and answer session. No special software is necessary for you to easily participate right at your computer. Register early, space is limited. Select your subject and act now to attend a free webinar of your choice at a time that fits your schedule.
Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program

Hurry while supply lasts.....

A FREE Set of  2-Go Games with your Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program order. Great for Rainy/Snow Days.  Value $1299. Expires June 30, 2014.

Just a few of the game rugs and table cards you will receive.  Total of 6 game rugs, 180 game cards, over 45 academic activities, and a variety of movement challenges.

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