Physical fitness is important for maintaining a healthy body, especially for children who are in their developmental stages of growth. Students need to balance their activities to include not just academics, but physical fitness as well. When they are physically active, children have healthier, more vibrant bodies and minds, which helps them perform better in school.
The U.S. Department of Education is awarding PEP grants to various schools all over the country to be used for physical fitness programs. The PEP grants will be used by schools to either start or improve their physical education programs from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
There are about 67 grants worth more than $33 million that have already been awarded by the Department of Education. The grants can be used to add educational programs on nutrition and healthy lifestyles, as well as on the enhancement of equipment for physical fitness.
Four schools in Oklahoma have been chosen to receive these PEP grants. Keys Public Schools was awarded more than $607,000, and Checotah Public Schools received $450,000. Putnam City Schools and Schools for Healthy Lifestyles in Oklahoma City also received grants.
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