Wausau (Wis.) School District officials expect to receive about $1.7 million in federal grant money to help enhance the district's physical education and health programs.
The grant will help move the physical education program from "team-based sports and team-oriented activities to individual skills and fitness-based activities," said Darci Mick Beversdorf, the grant project director.
The district has been awarded a three-year Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The district will receive $785,000 this school year, and if federal funding continues as planned, will receive $540,000 in the 2012-13 school year and $370,000 for the 2013-14 school year.
The money will be used to write new physical education curriculum, buy new equipment for schools, train teachers and bring in programs that will help measure students' health and fitness progress and bring in a national program designed to help elementary school students get excited about being active and fit.
"Ultimately, what we want is for every student to find an activity that they can enjoy," Mick Beversdorf said. "I think (the grant) just gives us an opportunity to provide more or different opportunities for kids."