Somerville PEP Grant
The Goals of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant are to:
- Foster healthy eating habits and increase physical activity for all Somerville students, with a particular focus on Kindergarten through grade 8.
- Work with community partners to improve overall health and fitness across Somerville.
"The PEP grant is working to 'Create a Culture of Healthy Lifestyles' by expanding opportunities for physical activity, nutrition education and healthy eating among our students." - Caitlin Kelly, PEP Grant Project Director
Healthy Living in Somerville Map (click here to download and print)
Somerville PEP Initiatives & Activities
Increasing Physical Activity for Kids
SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) A researched physical education program implemented in all K-8 schools as well as in school based afterschool programs and 3 community based afterschool programs.
BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) A before school physical activity program at all K-8 schools throughout the district.
Playworks A recess program designed to "create a space for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills" at 5 of our K-8 schools.
Community Adventure Programming Parkour classes; rock climbing programs at Metro Rock; hiking, rock climbing, kayaking with Waypoint Adventures; and Appalachian Mountain Club Youth Opportunity Programs are all offered in collaboration with Community Schools afterschool program, the Somerville Recreation Department, Mystic Learning Center, and Somerville Boys and Girls Club.
95210 Is the Way to Go! Healthy Message Campaign
The 95210 campaign is a district wide initiative to support healthy living among our students and their families through the promotion of five healthy behaviors:
For tips and resources on 95210, check out:
Supporting Healthy Eating Habits
National Nutrition Month Celebration Taste tests and healthy eating demos offered during the months of March and April in collaboration with the Somerville Food and Nutrition Services Department and the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program as well as our PEP Grant's community partners. Read more about Somerville's National Nutrition Month Celebration events in the Somerville Farm to School blog.
School Garden Activities Seeding and sowing projects through Somerville Farm to School.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Community-wide physical activity & healthy eating family workshops, offered in collaboration with the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative and Community Schools.
Chop Chop Cooking Club Afterschool cooking clubs offered at the Somerville Community Schools afterschool programs throughout the district.
Cooking Matters A six week family cooking program offered in collaboration with the Mystic Learning Center.
The PEP Grant's Community Partners
About the PEP Grant
The U.S. Department of Education's 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 to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for students in grades K through 12. Somerville was awarded nearly $1.4 million in grant funds over three years. Learn more about the Carol M. White Physical Education Program here.
PEP in the News!
- Our Schools, Our City: Active Bodies, Active Minds
- Our Schools, Our City: Whole Child Education
- SCATV National Nutrition Month Taste Test
- SPARK Training
The research is clear: kids learn best when they stay active and eat nutritious food.
What the PEP Data tells us
PEP data collected in the 2015-2016 school year shows real improvement in the physical education and wellness of Somerville students. Click here for a summary of the effects of PEP progamming.
Please take a look at these extra resources for more information about supporting healthy lifestyles.
Where to get active in Somerville:
- Somerville Recreation Department
- Interactive map of Somerville Parks & Community gardens
- Outdoor pools
- Dilboy Pool - Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool (managed by the City of Somerville, fee charged). 110 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville, MA 02143 (at High Street). (617) 625-6600 x2980. Call for operating schedule.
- Latta Brothers Memorial Pool at Foss Park. 235 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02141. (617) 666-9238. June 28 - September 1, open daily 11:00am - 7:00pm.
- Indoor Pool - Kennedy
- Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink
- Canoeing on the Mystic
- Community Path for walking and bicycling
- Open Air Circus
- Somerville Boxing Club
- Brooklyn Boulders
Healthy eating and nutrition in Somerville:
- Somerville Food and Nutrition Services
- Somerville Farm to School blog
- Farmers Markets
- Arts Council 2015 cooking program, "Nibble"
- Optimum Health Solutions: Real Kids Real Food
- Fair Foods