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Kaiser Permanente and School District 27J are pleased to announce new funding to help make good health a part of everyday life in schools. The $50,000 grant is part of Kaiser Permanente’s increased focus on school health known as the Thriving Schools Initiative.
The funding will provide opportunities for increased physical activity for both students and staff before, during and after school.
Launched nationally by Kaiser Permanente in February 2013, Thriving Schools engages school communities to champion change by incorporating evidence-based, community health improvement practices.
“Kaiser Permanente is helping us fulfill our mission to support a healthy environment where students and staff learn and participate in positive lifestyle practices,” said School District 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “Improved health optimizes student and staff performance potential. We are honored and grateful to be awarded this major gift.”
“The link between healthy students, reduced absenteeism and stronger academic performance is well documented. Thriving Schools offers us a unique and targeted campaign to work collaboratively with Colorado schools to advance health and improve academic performance,” said Donna Lynne, DrPH, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “In addition, healthier schools cultivate a stronger Colorado workforce for the future.”
Last fall, Kaiser Permanente Colorado invited school districts in its service area up and down the Front Range to apply for Thriving Schools Grants. A total of more than $1.4 million was awarded to 21 school districts representing 633 schools and more than 400,000 students and staff.
The deadline is approaching for School District 27J high school students to apply for the chance to earn scholarships from the 27J Education Foundation.
The 27J Education Foundation plans to award six, $1,000 scholarships to graduating School District 27J seniors this year. The Foundation will also facilitate the distribution of four other community scholarships. Click here to download an application. The deadline submit an application is April 1, 2014, and applications should be emailed to 27JFoundation@sd27j.org.
Superintendent Dr. Fiedler joins fellow superintendents in legislative plea for increased funding
School District 27J Superintendent Dr. Chris Fiedler has joined 167 district superintendents from across the state of Colorado in calling upon the Colorado General Assembly and Gov. John Hickenlooper to 1) begin buying down the more than $1 billon negative factor imposed upon Colorado K-12 public education since 2009, and 2) not impose any new unfunded mandates upon the state’s school districts.
Beginning in 2009, funding for Colorado Public Schools has fallen by more than $1 billion. School District 27J is receiving about $19.7 million less in funding during the 2013-14 school year due to the negative factor and has received about $66 million less in funding since the 2009-10 school year. 27J ranks 172 out of the state’s 178 school districts in terms of total per-pupil and mill levy override funding.
The superintendents in 168 of 178 school districts statewide "...propose the legislature restore $275 million of recurring funds to public schools, in addition to the governor's proposed increase. A significant portion of the $275 million would be used to reduce the 'negative factor'. The negative factor was the mechanism used to reduce funding allocated to public schools; we believe it is the mechanism that should be used to restore funding."
Colorado Preschool Program applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 school year for 4-year-old students who have identified family risk factors that affect their overall school readiness. Click here for more information, including a list of risk factors, as well as application forms.
The enrollment window for early access to kindergarten and first grade is now open through March 30. Please click here for more information and to download an application.
Do you know a dedicated 27J teacher who needs to be recognized for the hard work they are doing in the classroom? The Brighton Chamber of Commerce is offering a terrific way to honor educators through their Teacher of the Month program: Nominate a teacher of the month