SPARK™ Continues Campaign on Capitol Hill for More Support of Physical and Health Education in Schools as Part of NASPE SPEAK Out! Day March 29th

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Campaign advocates for the usage of Title I and Title II funds for physical and health education programs and professional development for teachers

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Meeting with members of Congress and bringing this issue to the forefront of our government is the first step in ensuring that we provide the best future for our youth.

SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education program and a division of School Specialty, will continue its mission on Capitol Hill in support of more physical and health education programs for students as part of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) SPEAK Out! Day being held March 29, 2012. As physical education programs shrink and our nation’s childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it is imperative that organizations that care about physical fitness in schools fight for every minute and every dollar. It is with this understanding that SPARK participates in this political event.

The NASPE SPEAK Out! Day is focused on showing Congress how they can support physical and health education by allowing Title I and Title II funds to be used for physical and health education programs and professional development for teachers. According to NASPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Carly Braxton, “We are thrilled that members of the broad education community will join us to advocate for enhanced quality physical education in schools. It is everyone’s responsibility to make quality physical education and physical activity a reality in every school in America.”

"Because physical education is not considered a ‘core’ subject under the law, it is marginalized in the funding and decision-making process,” said Paul Rosengard, Executive Director at SPARK. “The fact is that one-third of the children in this nation are overweight or obese and that statistic is one we cannot ignore. Meeting with members of Congress and bringing this issue to the forefront of our government is the first step in ensuring that we provide the best future for our youth."

NASPE is the non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. For more information on the 2012 NASPE SPEAK Out! Day visit http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/advocacy/events/LobbyDay.cfm

About NASPE
The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs. It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visit http://www.naspeinfo.org.

About SPARK
SPARK is a collection of research-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs for educators serving Pre-K through 12th grade students. Since 1989, SPARK has provided curriculum materials, teacher training, and consultation to over 100,000 teachers and youth leaders, representing many thousands of schools, organizations, and agencies worldwide. SPARK also helps educators find physical education grants. For more information on SPARK, visit http://www.sparkpe.org or email spark(at)sparkpe(dot)org or call 1-800-SPARK-PE.

About School Specialty
School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops, and provides PreK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

Media Contacts:

Billy Beltz
SPARK Marketing Director
800-772-7573 x2247
Billy.Beltz(at)schoolspecialty(dot)com

Paula Keyes Kun
AAHPERD Director of Communications
703-476-3461
Pkun(at)aahperd(dot)org

Kati Elliott
Public Relations for SPARK
410-975-9638
Kati(at)kehcomm(dot)com

Katherine Russo
Public Relations for SPARK
410-975-9638
Katherine(at)kehcomm(dot)com

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