McAllen school district keeping physical education alive

Judy Hartnett's picture
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

While many schools across the country are doing away with physical education, the McAllen School District is putting a bigger emphasis on this subject.

This renewed emphasis on health and physical activity is made possible thanks to a $2 million grant that will stretch over three years.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the money to the district just a few weeks ago.

It’s one of just 56 grants across the country, and one of three in the state.

The money will help provide at least 60 minutes of physical activity for kids during the school day and professional development for PE teachers.

It'll also help create an obesity prevention program from K thru 12th grade.

Mcallen ISD will be bringing in specialists to educate the students about developing healthier habits, but another important part of the program will be reaching out to the parents.

The grant will also allow McAllen to put a stronger emphasis on nutrition.