KENT COUNTY, Mich.— The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs.
U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations. Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.
“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”