For the 2017-2018 School Year

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $17,700 in 2017 for Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  

Coles Elem 4Annandale Terrace Elementary School – Teaching Students to Become Physically Active and Healthy Eaters for a Lifetime – $2000
Fairfax County
This project will encourage students to make better nutrition choices and to be more physically activity among our 3rd through 5th grade students and will be implemented through an afterschool sports program. Funding will help to purchase equipment, curriculum and healthy snacks for the program.

Falls Church High School – Swing Kids – $2,000
Fairfax County
In pursuit of promoting a healthier lifestyle, we’d like to put HOVR at library tables for students and teachers in continued support of increasing movement in the school day. There’s a strong correlation between movement and improved cognition. We want to stimulate this connection.

Gunston Elementary School – Let Me Run – $2,000
Fairfax County
Let Me Run will inspire 20 low-income boys, in grades 4-5th, to build confidence, respect for others, and comfort expressing emotions. Running, fun activities, and coaching help the boys set/adjust personal goals and connect success with doing their best. The seven-week season ends with a 5k race.

Kerrydale Elementary School – Kerrydale Girls on the Run – $2,000
Prince William County
This after school running club will encourage physical activity among participating 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls while teaching valuable lessons including conflict management, goal setting and attainment, community service, comradery, and self-confidence building.

Laurel Ridge Elementary School – Pedaling for Progress in a Kinesthetic Classroom – $2000
Fairfax County
This project will improve the learning environment for students in critical areas of our school.  .Our project is going to focus on producing better academic performance and creating improved learning environments with the use of physical activity. 

Loudoun County Public Schools Head Start – It’s Water Time! – $2,000
Loudoun County
This project will encourage better nutrition and a healthy lifestyle in our preschool age students by teaching them the importance of drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages and increasing the amount of water they drink during the day.

Marshall Road Elementary School – Yoga for Students with Special Needs – $2,000
Fairfax County
This project is to bring Yoga and Mindfulness to special education students at Marshall Road Elementary School.   Yoga and mindfulness can help to improve students' academic performance as well as flexibility and overall physical fitness.  

Saratoga Elementary School – Stallions Energized for Excellence – $1,700
Fairfax County
This project will increase physical activity among 200-300 2nd through 5th grade students by offering a before school walking/jogging club. The club will provide physical activity and stimulate mental alertness, preparing students for a day of learning throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Westfield High School – Girls' Only Fitness Class at Westfield High School – $2,000
Fairfax County
This class was formed to educate the female students at WHS, who are non-athletes, not in PE class, on what is a healthy diet, what activities they can do to get their 60 minutes/day in so they can stay healthy and fit. This class will change the way the girls think, feel, and view themselves.