ASHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAVE “PEP” IN THEIR STEPS....
Ashland Independent Schools received a PEP (Carol M.White Physical Education Program) Grant from the U.S.Department of Education in the amount of $589,950 over a three-year period. This grant has enabled Ashland to have a PE teacher at each elementary and to increase the amount of physical education for each student. The PEP teachers are
David Arthur, Charles Russell Elementary
Ben Davis, Crabbe Elementary
Alison Hawker, Hager Elementary
Hillary Rice, Oakview Elemetnary
Nick Wilburn, Poage Elementary
The Pep director for Ashland is Janice Ledford, and Krisi Kramer is assistant director. Not only is increasing physical activity for elementary students a goal of the grant but also improved nutritional well-being. In 2013, more than 42% of Ashland’s students were defined as overweight; therefore, students need to know the role of nutrients in the development of healthybodies. The Healthy Kids Challengenutrition curriculum waspurchased through the grant and will be used in health classes.
All the elementary PE teachers are using the SPARK PE curriculum which is designed to assist children to be moreactive, incorporate social skills, and emphasize both health-related fitness and skill development. Each school has received new equipment in order to implement theprogram. Research indicates that fit students pay more attention in class, comprehend better, and score better on test. The goal of the PEP Grant is at the end of the three years to ensurethat our elementaries are centers for wellness where students are physically active and gaining knowledge andskills about fitness and nutrition that will lead to our children living longer, more productive lives.