Clayton Elementary School in Englewood Colorado is one of the first schools to receive funds from the Spartan Kids Foundation Fitness Grant Program. This is an innovative program that addresses a key unmet need for financial support for physical education among public schools in low income areas. The schools are awarded $1,000 to be used to promote healthy, active lifestyles among the students. The new program is off to a very promising start, based on our recent grant to Clayton Elementary School, for the 2019-2020 school season.
Below is the letter we received from Matt Hoganson, Assistant Principal and the Englewood School District Wellness Coordinator, updating us on the program’s success and results:
“First, I want to thank the “Spartan Kids Foundation” for awarding our program additional funds that have supported our growth. We have been able to add additional class times and impact more students with the new equipment we have purchased.
The “Kids Spartan Program” at Clayton Elementary in Englewood, Colorado is receiving a lot of local attention and is growing rapidly. Each week we are accepting new young athletes and we are close to capacity. As the sole instructor, I have seen over 50 kids come through my after-school program and another 30 in my morning session. We have been operating since November and have a 90% retention rate. I have been working with Jay Jackson and have modified his High School Spartan Edge program to fit with elementary school students. The students, parents, and PTO boards are extremely excited about the work we’re doing.
I wanted to reach out today to ask about helping us get to the Spartan Kids race in August at Larkspur. I would like to take 30 of our students to the race to help celebrate the 80 additional hours they have spent working on themselves to be better human beings. Is there a discounted package or special rate available to us for being a Title 1 school? What would the total cost be for 30 kids?
Again, I want to say thank you for all the foundation has done. I look forward to continuing to expanding the Spartan Kids program to elementary schools around the world.”