August 1, 2014

For the 2014-2015 School Year

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Healthy Kids Grants supporting school and community based programs in Northern Virginia that either encourage more activity or encourage better nutrition for students during the 2014-2015 School Year.

ACPS - FACE Center - Pathways to Health and Wellness, $1,800      
The Pathways to Health and Wellness Project promotes health and wellness to seventy-five (75) elementary school students and their families at Cora Kelly STEM and Jefferson Houston Schools through the provision of educational workshops and family-centered physical activities.                         

Campbell Elementary - Campbell on the Move, $1,000
Arlington County
This project increases physical activity for 110 4th and 5th grade students by providing after school opportunities to participate in physical activity, learn about proper nutrition, and have healthy snacks.                    

Coles Elementary - Stretch and Go, $2,000    
Prince William County
"Stretch and Go" is a school wide project in which all students will walk/jog a 350 foot outdoor trail equipped with exercise stations each morning after their buses arrive. The additional 15 minutes of daily exercise will improve their health.   

Dogwood Elementary - Girls on the Run, $400
Fairfax County
This program increases the physical activity, self esteem and motivation of 15-20 3rd-6th grade students by inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.                

Falls Church High School - Mind and Body Balance, $1,600
Falls Church
This project will put yoga ball chairs at computer work stations for students and teachers to promote better posture and build core muscles.  In conjunction with the exercises bikes in the library, these programs promote a healthier lifestyle.

Graham Park Middle School - Lions Breakfast & Basketball, $1,000
Prince William County
Funding supports a bi-weekly Saturday morning breakfast and basketball program for young men (grades 6-8.) Healthy breakfasts will be offered to all program participants, along with a talk from male role models and some open court basketball time.

Hollin Meadows Elementary School - Boltage, $2,000
This project encourages 350 students in grades 1 through 6 to increase their physical activity by walking or biking to school instead of being dropped off by their parents.                    

Mercer Middle School, MMS 5K Running Club, $1,200
Loudoun County
This project increases physical activity among sixty 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students by providing them with a structured environment to train for the Stone Ridge 5K Race for Education.  Their participation will reinforce the importance of goal setting and build overall school community.       

Parkside Middle School - Dancing Like Stars!, $1,000
Prince William County
This project encourages physical activity through the practice of Ballroom Dance for approximately 400 7th grade students as they take part in a semester-long series of varied, ballroom dance instruction. At semester's end, a formal ball will be held for both the students and their parents.      

Patrick Henry Elementary School - Operation Pedometer, $2,000
Arlington County
This project not only increases the activity levels of roughly 300 students at a Title 1 school, it also forms a foundation for students to begin to understand the link between movement exertion levels and subsequent physical benefits.             

Potomac View Elementary School - Let's Keep Running!, $1,000
Prince William County
This project, in conjunction with the Girls on the Run program, increases the activity level of 4th and 5th grade girls while also building self-esteem, appreciating inner and outer beauty, healthy eating and handling bullying.            

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School - Backpack Fitness Program, $2,000
Fairfax County
This project increases physical activity at home for the 49% of Sleepy Hollow students who are on the free and reduced lunch program.  Backpacks of sporting equipment will be loaned to approximately 225 students and their families who do not usually have access to fitness centers or structured sports teams.                           

Stone Middle School - Lady Panthers on the Move, $1,000
Fairfax County
This project will increase physical activity among 7th and 8th grade girls at Stone Middle School by combining running/fitness activities with lessons that will focus on middle school issues. The program will culminate with a 5K run.               

Westfield High School - Girl's Only Fitness Class, $2,000
Fairfax County
This class educates girls who are not athletes about activities that can help them stay healthy and  fit for the rest of their lives. It changes the way these girls think, feel and see themselves.