Niagara Gazette


May 27, 2014

Lew-Port awarded $1.2M phys education grant

Niagara Gazette — The third time was definitely the charm for Lewiston-Porter. A $1.2 million charm, actually.

District officials confirmed the receipt of the Carol M. Wright Physical Education Program grant after two unsuccessful tries.

Paula Singleton, a physical education teacher at the district's intermediate school and leader of the application process, said the federally funded grant has historically been a competitive and extensive application with winners this year selected from last year's rejected crop.

"We persevered," Singleton said Tuesday. "We applied and failed, applied and failed, and finally, the timing was right. Fortunately for us, we scored high enough last year to be included in this round."

With funding spread out over the next three years, the district's "Get Fit Step by Step" program will update the curriculum for both physical education and nutrition instruction, allow the district to make equipment purchases including age-appropriate fitness machines in workout rooms and gyms across all four buildings and provide teachers with a number of professional development opportunities to learn the latest techniques and trends to improve performance and meet state standards.

For instance, Singleton said, the primary school has a new rock climbing wall that the youngest students can play on, which stretches sideways instead of vertically. Meanwhile, the high school will receive a number of new workout machines for a planned workout room on the second floor proposed in the district's upcoming capital improvement project undergoing review by state Education Department officials at this time.

"There's a lot of things we can do to keep our children active," Singleton said. "We love the kids, we love this district and we're looking forward to what we'll be able to do with this grant."

Lew-Port was one of 67 school districts and community-based organizations to receive the funding.

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