Arlington Public Schools has received an $18,000 grant to fund Active Recess Programs in coordination with Arlington County and Marymount University. The two-year grant was funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to increase children’s activity levels during the school day and combat childhood obesity.
Hoffman-Boston Elementary School is the first site for the full Active Recess program. The program kicked off with a special ceremony last month. The ceremony highlighted the new pavement markings on the playground and recess carts that were purchased with the grant.
In addition to Hoffman-Boston, APS has prioritized a list of schools to receive recess cart equipment and pavement markings for next year. APS art students will help create customized pavement markings for their schools in year-two implementations. The schools that will receive equipment are Drew, Abingdon, Carlin Springs, Randolph, and Barcroft elementary schools.
A pilot program was recently completed at Carlin Springs and Key elementary schools to test the Active Recess program.