Moms Find a Solution
Volunteers Help with Before School Fitness
Kathleen Tullie, a mom, real estate professional and athlete, was moved into action after reading the book, Spark by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School. Studies cited by Dr. Ratey demonstrate that getting kids moving before school could translate to better academic performance during the school day.
Armed with that knowledge, Tullie and friends created an organization that would bring a physical exercise program to their children’s school before school run completely by volunteers. Fast forward to today, and Tullie is the executive director of a nonprofit corporation called BOKS, an initiative of Reebok and The Reebok Foundation.
BOKS is a free before-school physical activity run by moms, dads, physical education teachers and other types of volunteers in local communities. It is simple to implement and currently in 1,000 schools. They provide training materials and a weekly plan. The program is run on school property 40 minutes before school starts.
New grant money was announced for 2014, as they search for new schools to begin the program. Three-hundred new schools will be awarded $1,000 in start up costs. US-based elementary and middle schools that enroll in BOKS for the first time before October 1, 2014 are invited to apply. The funds can be used toward T-shirts, equipment, incentives, trainer stipend, travel to BOKS trainings or supplies.
BOKSKids.org has more information on the program and information about the grant application process.