For Immediate Release
Redwood City & Peninsula Community Center Partner with Sequoia Healthcare District to Provide PE Programs
Redwood City, CA - July 17, 2012 - Redwood City and its Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PRCS) will be helping to provide crucial physical education programs to our community’s youth, in partnership with Peninsula Community Center (PCC) which has received a grant of over $575,000 from the Sequoia Healthcare District’s Healthy Schools Initiative. This generous grant will provide 10 Redwood City Elementary Schools with physical education (PE) classes for grades K - 5. Together, with this grant Redwood City and PCC will be able to expand the availability of PE classes to more schools and more kids, in order to enhance and improve their health and fitness.
PE has been shown to significantly contribute to students’ well-being, and to their academic success. The majority of children in California are not physically fit, and in San Mateo County alone, only 25% of 5th graders passed the State Physical Fitness Assessment Test in 2010. Although the state mandates 50 minutes of PE per five-day school week, Redwood City Schools have been challenged to meet this mandate due to over $13 million in budget cuts in the last five years.
In response to this need, PCC began providing coaches and PE classes to 5 schools in 2009. The need filled by PCC was well-received by schools, and after proven success and increased demand from principals and schools, PCC continued to expand the PE program, currently serving 7 schools.
This new strategic partnership between Redwood City and PCC will provide the PE+ program, a comprehensive, sequential K-5 curriculum, to approximately five- thousand children in kindergarten through 5th grade. With this cooperative services model, and with the generous support of Sequoia Health Care District, PCC and Redwood City will be able to double PCC’s current capacity to meet 100% of the state’s PE requirement to Fair Oaks, Garfield, Hawes, Hoover, John Gill, Taft, Selby Lane, Henry Ford and Adelante Elementary schools. Such collaborations and mutual support structures are crucial in today’s economic climate, and this is an example of the great things that can be accomplished by partnering around common objectives. “We are so grateful to have the PE+ program and coaches at our site. They are positive role models for our youth” said Patricia Girardi, Principal at Roosevelt Elementary.
Sequoia Healthcare District’s mission is to improve the quality of life for District residents by enhancing access to healthcare services and by supporting and encouraging programs and activities designed to achieve health, wellness, and disease prevention. Their signature Healthy Schools Initiative supports school wellness efforts and encourages collaborations, partnerships and coordination of services. The District is online at www.sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com.
Peninsula Community Center (www.peninsulacommunitycenter.com) focuses on using fitness and sports to build and strengthen communities. From group exercise, tennis, and swimming, to one of their many family or youth activities, PCC’s programs offer a great, healthy community where everyone can belong.
The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (www.redwoodcity.org/parks) provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, as well as.social, educational, and cultural activities and information referral. Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s newsletters or other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.
Chris Beth, Director
Redwood City Parks
Pamela Kurtzman, Director
Healthy Youth Initiatives