South Belt P.E. instructor Jon Kidwell (above) wrote the grant submission that earned South Belt Elementary $10,000 for fitness funding.
South Belt Elementary has been awarded a $10,000 "Fit Campus" grant by HEB. The school is one of only 10 in Texas to receive the grant, which is awarded on the basis of strong health and fitness standards.
South Belt was cited for "increasing the health and nutrition of children by improving physical activity, fitness and health." The grant funds, due in May, are to be used to either implement a new health and fitness program or enhance a current program, according to Jon Kidwell, the physical education instructor at South Belt.
Kidwell, who wrote the grant submission for the school, anticipates using the grant to install new equipment, such as a climbing wall in the school gym and an outdoor paved jogging track.
In writing the submission, Kidwell emphasized the school's emphasis on nutrition instruction during P.E. time as an important supplement to physical activity and overall fitness.
"All students meet or exceed their 135 minutes of physical education a week," he said.
Kidwell also pointed out the involvement of South Belt parents in various activities, including the Parent Fun Run, held once a month.