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February 11, 2014 > School district awarded grant

School district awarded grant

Submitted By Jan March, Ed.D.

We are pleased to announce that the Fremont Unified School District has been approved for a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in the amount of $26,000. Sixty- four community-based organizations applied for the grant and 16 were awarded.

The grant will provide leadership training for high school students currently enrolled at Robertson Continuation High School and use curriculum designed by Playbook Ð Power in Focus, a researched-based program that provides a platform for positive change and improving short-term decision-making through self-awareness and goal setting.

This program is available through Beyond the Locker, a non-profit whose president and founder, Tony Stewart, has been actively engaged with the Robertson students for the past three years. Mr. Stewart is a former NFL player and continues to work behind the scenes with the NFL through Power 180, a program designed to encourage more active play for youth.

Through support of the grant, students will focus on understanding the positive and negative events and influences of people in their past and receive assistance to help define their identity, values and vision for their future.

In an effort to expand the program, there will be an increase of physical activity for both Robertson and Walters Junior High School 7th grade students consisting of a series of physical drills. Prior to the drills, WaltersÕ 7th graders will be provided a platform for an assembly Òkick offÓ whereby students will be introduced to commonly used language for increasing their physical and mental health. This language will be used to motivate them for the upcoming series of activities, and allow for an introduction of their future mentors from Robertson.

Walters Junior High 7th graders will be exposed to positive life targets, aspirations and athletics through a Òmini-camp.Ó The mini-camp is created to teach life skills through unique sports experiences. Current and former professional athletes will take students through sports drills that have been designed to help them live out life skills. Students are introduced to life skills that will help them in their long-term success.

During this experience, students are challenged in the areas of teamwork, self-awareness, leadership, character building and social-emotional challenges. Students are shown the benefits of staying fit both physically and mentally. They are encouraged and motivated by professional athletes and leaders of their community who attend the event.

The Robertson leadership class will be included and provide modeling and mentoring for the junior high students. On-going leadership opportunities and training will be provided to Robertson students who will return to Walters Junior High after the mini-camps to counsel and bond with 7th grade students.

This activity will be completed through a series of physical education activities and life skills training. A culmination activity will take place in June, recognizing students for leadership and physical fitness improvement.

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