20 Tennessee Schools Awarded BlueCross Shape The State Grants Worth $10,000 Each

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded Shape the State physical education grants to 20 Tennessee schools serving middle grades students.

The schools awarded 2017 Shape the State grants are:
Charlotte Middle School, Charlotte
Forge Ridge School, Harrogate
Grace Christian Academy of Leipers Fork, Franklin
Hampshire Unit School, Hampshire
Hollow-Rock Bruceton Special School District, Bruceton
Jefferson Middle School, Jefferson City
Jere Baxter Middle School, Nashville
Jonesborough Middle School, Jonesborough 
Madonna Learning Center, Germantown
Northview Middle School, Newbern
Northwest Middle School, Knoxville
Norwood Middle School, Oliver Springs
Pine View School, Rockwood
Rhea Middle School, Evensville
Ross N Robinson Middle School, Kingsport
Sunbright School, Sunbright
T.A. Dugger Junior High School, Elizabethton 
Tennessee School for the Blind, Nashville
Thurgood Marshall Middle Prep, Antioch 
York Elementary, Jamestown
 
The grants, valued at $10,000 each, provide the nationally acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment for each recipient school. In addition, each school will receive $1,000 to spend on PE, nutrition, and wellness efforts. 

SPARK provides a variety of inclusive activities that students can enjoy together, regardless of their level of athletic ability.

“We have awarded 20 Shape the State grants each year since 2011, and the results from previous grant winners have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Chelsea Johnson, interim director of the BlueCross Health Foundation. “We know physical education will be transformed at these latest schools as well – we look forward to watching the teachers and students achieve success together.”

This fall, faculty and staff from the Shape the State schools will gather for training from SPARK professionals to learn how to use the program with their students. In addition, they will receive complete SPARK curriculum materials, as well as hundreds of pieces of exercise equipment. 

SPARK was launched in 1989 after being developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Since then, its evidence-based curriculum has been used in public schools, YMCAs and other settings across the country.

To learn how SPARK is improving PE for middle schools around the state, visit BetterTennessee.com.


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