The NFL's San Diego Chargers, a team with a strong and lengthy community commitment to San Diego's youth, brought a Peaceful Playground and an Action Based Learning Lab to students at Nye Elementary on September 30, 2014.

The Chargers made this possible courtesy of a $30,000 grant awarded by the Chargers' Champions Program in 2013.  Following the ribbon cutting, Chargers' players Darrell Stuckey and Shareece Wright delighted s…
Today's update comes from Dan Rikli, principal of Netherwood Knoll Elementary School.

As part NKE's culture goal we have adopted a program called Peaceful Playground. The purpose of the Peaceful Playground Program is to make the playground a safe and peaceful place to play, learn and grow. Peaceful Playground introduces children and school staff to many choices of activities available on playgrounds and field areas. The program has re…
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You Get What You Get

I stumbled upon this great blog.  It is full of saying that can be used to decorate a bulletin board or post for motivation.  The Blog is Technology Rocks written by Shannon.   Lots of free posters to download like this one.

This poster seems especially appropriate for physical education when students are givena piece of equipment.

Free Playground Resources
Peaceful Playgrounds
School Playground Report
Position Statement of Do…
Let's Play Community Construction Grants

Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.

Playgrounds must be assembled and installed using the KaBOOM! community-build model. For more information about the community build model, go to 

Deadline:   Oct. 9

Visit our grants webpage for grant and tools for getting your grant fu…
The Recess Before Lunch trend is growing.  Ten states have Recess Before Lunch policies or recommendations for implementing Recess Before Lunch Programs.
ColoradoRecess Before Lunch: The School Site Resource Kit: Implementation Guide for the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition State Plan (2010) recommends that schools implement recess before lunch.
KansasRecess Before Lunch: The Wellness Policy Guidelines (2010) "exemplary" le…
Most kids will say that "walking is boring,"  but when you add incentives like step logs, motivational lessons, a cadence CD and certificates you're sure to get your students attention.

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School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student, according to the editorial in today's Concord Monitor.
Life Lessons Learned on the Playground However, beyond the love of recess there are also  many life lessons that are learned on the playground. Parents are beginning to understand how important recess is to a child’s development.   The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement l…
Physical Activity  and Recess Requirements Other Than Physical Education The list below represents state recess requirements  and/or physical activity requirements and recommendations.  These requirements represent physical activity requirements in addition to time scheduled in physical education.
ArkansasGeneral Physical Activity Requirement: Act 317 (2007) requires 90 minutes of additional physical activity per week for grades K-6, which…
Video of the Dallas Cowboys putting in a Fitness Zone at the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco, Texas.  The fitness zone is a NFLFuel Up Play 60 event which included the installation of Peaceful Playgrounds. More than 300 boys and girls in the local area will benefit. The event was sponsored by United Health Care and included support and organization by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

The NFL Play 60 event is the  eighth Fitness zone built  in…
During Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday, September 20, the network’s TV channels, websites, and apps will go off the air and offline to inspire kids to be active.

Partners for this year's Day of Play include—NFL PLAY 60, the Boys and Girls Club of America, Key Club, Girl Scouts, Playworks, NFL Play 60 and Girls on the Run to name a few.   These and other organizations will host thousands of events around the c…
Check out our list of grant opportunities now available to schools and sports teams.

1. Safe Places to Play Grants
The U.S. Soccer Foundation grants support soccer programs and field-building initiatives in the U.S. that keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe.

Funding Amount: $20,000
Grant Deadline:  Sept. 24, 2014

 2.  Ac…
Yesterday was the highest recorded heat that I recall ever where I live in Canyon Lake, CA.  111 degrees

Such high temperatures put children especially at risk for heat related conditions. I wrote a featured article on the topic called, "Keeping Kids Cool at School."   It covers recommendations, guidelines, and considerations for hot playgrounds and hot weather during physical education.

As most of the nation heads back to school …
United Way Volunteers, Seattle Seahawks, WA Dairy Council, NFL Play60 and Federal Way employees join together to upgrade Lake Grove Elementary School Playground.  
Click to See Slide Show Below
Peaceful Playgrounds participated in the NFLUnited Way Community Kick Off event at Lake Grove Elementary in Federal Way, WA.  Lake Grove physical education teacher applied for the United Way community Kick Off grant requesting a climbing wall and the Peaceful Playgrounds program.

About 70 United Way Volunteers combined worked with the Washington Dairy Council, NFL Play60 coordinators and retired Seattle Seahawks players to add the playgroun…
Savin Rock Community School in  New Haven, Conn.  added a U.S. Map to their playground using the Peaceful Playgrounds Map Stencil.  Their unique color selection of bright colors contributed to the striking outcome.

Peaceful Playgrounds U.S. Map Stencil

Peaceful Playgrounds World Map Stencil…
This image provided by USA Football shows a flag football kit, including footballs and flag belts.

The NFL wants to boost flag football participation by providing kits to a half-million youngsters.

A program being announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, by Commissioner Roger Goodell will supply elementary schools and after-school programs nationwide with equipment and instruction.

Six cities are targeted as focal points this year: Chicago, Da…
BOKS and The Reebok Foundation are awarding $1,000 to up to 300 schools for the 2014/2015 school year! These Activation Grants are intended to help get kids moving in a fun way to wake up their bodies for a day of learning with BOKS.

BOKS Lead Trainers who sign the BOKS pledge are invited to apply for the BOKS Activation Grant to support the launch of BOKS in their elementary schools.

Click for more information:…