Recess Advocacy Team - April 2019 Newsletter

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Parents and children are elevating the importance of recess around the country. Four states currently require schools to offer unstructured play and a few other state legislatures (such as Connecticut) have introduced bills to support recess and physical activity.

"In an era when even elementary school students are facing a barrage of high-stakes testing and increasingly rigorous requirements, the notion that recess can boost a child’s mood, strengthen social bonds among youngsters and even lead to better academic outcomes is gaining ground."

Tips & Resources

Grant Opportunities:

Let's Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools Award - Let’s Move Pittsburgh, with support from The Heinz Endowments, announced the 2019 Champion Schools Awards! The grant aims to help licensed early childcare centers, pre-kindergarten, and elementary schools in Allegheny County become the healthiest places for kids to learn and grow. The application deadline is Friday, April 12th at 5 pm.

Highmark Foundation School Grants and Awards Programs - The Highmark Foundation works in partnership with schools and communities to determine what changes made within schools will bring about system-wide improvement to children's overall health. Applications are approved on a rolling basis and will be accepted until December 31, 2019


Recess Resources:

Recess Advocacy Team Resource Archive:
One of our goals is to continue to add resources for recess-related advocacy, policy, and best practices for both families and educators. 
Check out our up-to-date guide with resources and research about recess.

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Partner Spotlight

A+ Schools is an independent advocate for educational equity in Pittsburgh that works with parents, students, and community members to advocate for change that will ensure every child in Pittsburgh receives a world-class education. A+ Schools understands that play is a vital part of a well-rounded education and healthy school environment. 
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