Small steps, big bounds, and steady strides: the Longmont community is thriving, not least in healthy progress in its schools. Since 2010, LiveWell Longmont has leveraged over $1.2 million in grant funding for partner SVVSD, including a major Physical Education Quality Improvement grant. Surprisingly, given our beautiful state's active reputation, Colorado is one of only four states in the nation that does not require Physical Education classes in schools. Yet, increasingly statistics underscore the growing recognition of the importance of health and physical education as a key means of reversing the trend of obesity in our country. SVVSD sees the great value in high quality, meaningful physical education programs, and is increasingly held up as a role model for others.
Not only was SVVSD featured in the latest Colorado Health Report Card for its stellar example in Physical Education programming, Director of Athletics, Activities, and Fine Arts Rob Berry presented at the conference highlighting its release. "SVVSD PE programs have made the commitment to teach students more personal fitness activities, engaging all students in moderate to vigorous activities," Berry says. "This is a change from PE in years past, which prioritized the basic concept of teaching team sports, a philosophy that didn't always engage every student."
Following the philosophy of broadening activity focus and increasing overall engagement, SVVSD has applied grant funds to buy $500,000 worth of equipment promoting activity, and has re-focused PE classes toward movement that students can undertake throughout their lives. Pretty great stuff...and many are taking notice. In addition to being specifically noted in the Health Report Card, the excellent progress being made in our schools was recently noted on Colorado Public Radio! Well done once again, St. Vrain Valley Schools!