Government delivers funding to build new playgrounds

Originally published March 17, 2019 in The Nelson Daily.

The B.C. government is building 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year, delivering healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids, while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise, announced Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.

“As a parent, I understand first-hand how tough it can be for schools and parents to find the time and volunteers to fundraise for playground equipment and activities,” said Fleming. Read More

Health, physical educators advocate for funding

Originally published March 18, 2019 in the Grand Haven Tribune.

By Krystle Wagner

A Grand Haven educator was among 150 health and physical educators from across the country to participate in Speak Out! Day.

Scott Przystas, a physical education teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, visited Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for lawmakers to fund programs for health and physical education and professional development through the Title IV, Part A, Student Support, which is under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was passed in 2015. Read More

MMS wins BCBS grant to boost student activity

Originally published Sept. 14, 2018 in the Shelby County Reporter.

By Nancy Wilstach

Shelia Jett, physical education teacher at Montevallo Middle School, is tackling the problem of inactivity among adolescent girls . . . one heartbeat at a time.

Jett got a big boost to her efforts when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama presented her school with a $10,000 Be Healthy grant, a part of the health insurance company’s effort to help kids form healthy habits. Read More

Runner Registration Open, Sponsors Sought for Annual Run for Education

Originally published Sept. 11, 2018 by This is Reno.

By Carla O’Day

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is hosting its 13th annual Run for Education in Sparks on Oct. 21 and registration is underway, with a sponsorship commitment deadline of Sept. 21.

Sponsorship benefits include a logo on the back of T-shirts, a tabling opportunity for an audience of almost 9,000 people, banner display, event video spotlight and media attention, according to the Education Alliance.

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Funding Your Physical Education Program

Originally published April 14, 2017 by The Physical Educator.

By Kymm Ballard

One of the biggest issues I hear across the country is that physical education and health education programs are underfunded. Some schools have budgets and others do not. Some teachers are content and others want to improve their programs. And some have written grants and others have not. This blog is hopefully for all of you! I am here to tell you there is funding out there to improve your health or physical education programs. Knowing where to look and what to do are sometimes out of our “PE” lane. Kymm Ballard Consulting was created to network and to provide technical assistance in funding to educators. It is how I contribute to the profession through my work and experience with others, just as others share lessons and assessments.

In most schools across the United States, school budgets are tight, but I am here to tell you, money is out there! It will take work and determination. Some people may be scared or lack the confidence to write a grant. I hope I can help transition our thinking about grants and provide you with confidence to seek and receive funding to improve your program. If you’re reading this, you must have some desire and interest! Read More