bike safety

MnDot awards grants to support bike safety

Originally published Aug. 31, 2018 in The Daily Journal.

More than 13,000 Minnesota youth will benefit from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Bike Fleet grants that support pedestrian and bicycle safety education in Minnesota schools.

The New York Mills and ISD 197 school districts and Feeling Good Minnesota were awarded bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety. The ISD 197 district includes West St. Paul, Eagan and Mendota Heights. Feeling Good Minnesota is a community collaborative of CentraCare Health. Awardees estimate the three fleets will be used in 32 different groups including schools, scout groups, 4-H clubs, parks and recreation and after-school programs. Read More


Socorro ISD Schools Earn Grant to Bolster Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Originally published Aug. 14, 2018 in the El Paso Herald-Post.

Four Socorro Independent School District campuses have been awarded the 2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) grant by Dairy Max

On Tuesday, SISD officials announced that Robert R. Rojas Elementary School, Jane Hambric K-8 School, Col. John O. Ensor and Montwood middle schools will receive $4,000 each to promote healthy eating and physical activity programs at their campus.

Socorro ISD was one of eight school districts in the state, and the only one in the region, to earn the grant. Schools will receive $2,000 as part of the healthy eating play program, which will be used to upgrade kitchen equipment. The other $2,000, for the physical activity play program, will be used to purchase equipment and gear.

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physical education

Teachers Utilize Grants to Fund Physical Education Program Needs

While the Every Student Succeeds Act makes more federal funding available for qualifying school programs, health and physical education teachers continue to rely on – and seek out – grants to purchase new teaching tools.

For every educator who secures funding for new health and physical education initiative through ESSA, as Irving ISD’s Sandi Cravens did in early 2018, others must seek out other revenue sources. Read More


Teacher, students cranked about gift of 30 bikes to school

By Katie Langford

There’s an intangible thrill that East Middle School teacher Patrick Roenicke feels when he’s riding a bicycle.

It started when he learned to ride at 5 years old and it grew during his childhood in Michigan, riding with friends every day after school.

“I would basically go out and tear the cranks off my bike for a few hours,” Roenicke said. “I noticed kids don’t do that anymore. They play organized sports, but the idea of going out on your bike alone or with some buddies, to explore other parts of town, has gone away.”

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