IDEA Public schools awarded $2.2M for physical education, health and wellness


POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 7:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 8:15am

IDEA Public Schools, a nationally recognized network of K-12 public charter schools, has been awarded the Physical Education Program (PEP) grant to enhance and improve its physical education, health and wellness programs throughout the district.

Over the next three years IDEA will receive more than $2.2M to improve physical and health education and develop programs to involve parents and community members in student health, fitness and wellness. Additionally, IDEA currently operates successful wellness and school-based farm programs that will benefit from these funds. IDEA will use this grant to improve system-wide integration of and access to fitness, health and wellness data in addition to programmatic enhancements.

IDEA Public Schools will work in partnership with the University of Texas-Pan American Border Health Office, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health-Brownsville campus, Communities in Schools, University of Texas-Austin Kinesiology department, the Infant and Family Nutrition Agency, Recipe for Success, the City of Weslaco and IDEA’s existing farms and child nutrition programs.

“We are very excited to hear this news,” said Irma Munoz, Chief Operations Officer of IDEA Public Schools. “With the resources this grant provides, IDEA will improve our student’s wellness through an enhanced health and fitness curriculum, and by increasing the nutritional content of the meals we offer in our cafeterias. Our goal is to become the healthiest school district in the state of Texas serving low-income communities. The PEP grant is step one to achieving this vision.”The PEP Grant, also known as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, is a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations, including religious organizations, to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for K through 12 students.

To learn more about the PEP Grant, click here. To learn more about IDEA Public Schools contact Vanessa Barry at 512-657-5461 or or visit

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