More-recess-time law playing out at Arkansas schools

Originally published April 21, 2019 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

By Cynthia Howell

The school day will be 20 minutes longer in the coming 2019-20 school year in North Little Rock School District elementary schools as a way to provide more time for classroom instruction and recess.

The class day that now begins at 7:50 a.m. and goes to 2:30 p.m. for the district’s kindergarten-through-fifth-grade pupils will continue to start at 7:50 a.m. in the new school year, but will end at 2:50 p.m., as the result of a School Board vote last week. Read More

Boys & Girls Club will offer physical education and sports

Originally published April 24, 2019 in the Texarkana Gazette.

By Ashley Gardner

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will soon be adding sports to its line-up of activities. The club recently hired a sports director who will be starting soon.

“We’re at the very beginning of it. We’re just getting started,” said Maj. David Feeser, Salvation Army commander. “We should be starting within the next week or so.” Read More

Webinar Discusses How to Win Funding For IHT Education Heart Rate Technology

An educator’s search for the funds to add new initiatives, including technology that links improved student fitness to academic performance, can seem never-ending.

Spend an hour with IHT on Wednesday, May 1 learning how teachers and administrators have found success securing funding for their programs. Learn from McAllen (Texas) ISD Coordinator for Health & PE Mario Reyna, IHT Regional Vice President Eric Larson, a former PE teacher and administrator in Denver (Colorado) and IHT Co-Founder and President Jen Ohlson. Read More

Nike awards $100,000 to Memphis nonprofits, schools

Originally published April 23, 2019 in the Daily Memphian.

By Kate Crawford

Nike has awarded 14 Memphis-area nonprofit organizations and schools a combined $100,000 to help children be more active.

The grants, awarded through the Nike Community Impact Fund, support programs that get kids moving through play, sport and physical activity. The grants were determined by a select group of employees from Nike’s North America Logistics Center and Community Store in Memphis who work with Charities Aid Foundation of America, Nike’s grant-making partner, to share local knowledge, then review and recommend the organizations to receive funding. Read More

Barnes selected to be part of Recess Rocks in R.I. initiative

Originally published April 19, 2019 in the Johnston Sunrise.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), Playworks New England and the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) have added the first Johnston school to their roster of schools participating in the statewide #RecessRocksinRI initiative.

Barnes Elementary School joins a group of 80 total #RecessRocksinRI schools increasing physical activity and building social/emotional skills through the power of play. Read More