Community InitiativesDuval County Public Schools regularly support community projects, ideas, and partnerships with various community partners. Below are a list of current community initiatives available to your school. If you have any questions regarding any of the programs below or would like to include a program at your school, please contact Frannie Kendall-Johnson at 904.290.2518.
The Jaguars Foundation and THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Childrens Hospital along with the American Heart Association-First Coast partners with public schools to engage sixth graders during the fall semester throughout Clay, Duval, Baker, St. Johns and Nassau counties in the local implementation of the NFL Play 60 Challenge. The Play 60 Challenge is designed as a turn-key program for sixth grade students that provide teachers with easy activities and lesson plans that promote physical activity and healthy eating habits among middle school youth. Students are also challenged to be physically active during out-of-school-time hours.
THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health and the Jaguars Foundation provide each participating Play 60 Challenge school with a $1,500 grant allowing schools to purchase equipment such as: pedometers, exercise bicycles, pull-up bars, balls for various sports and exercise activities, speed ladders, jump ropes, water bottles, pulse heart rate monitors and student incentive items. Each year, a select group of students from participating Play 60 Challenge schools are also invited to attend the Jacksonville Jaguars official Play 60 home game.
Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national education and fundraising events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).
These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. And both programs are great ways to satisfy the physical education standards as determined by SHAPE America.
Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Help Students Grow!
- Kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community's welfare.
- Children join together in helping other kids with special hearts.
- Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active
- Participants learn jump rope and basketball skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
- Students help your school earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment!
The One Love Foundation is dedicated to ending relationship abuse by educating, empowering, and activating young people in a movement for change. The Escalation Workshop is the catalyst for this movement - it is 90 minutes long and consists of a 40 minute film (educate) followed by a 40 minute guided discussion (empower) geared towards helping students understand the warning signs of abuse, while also promoting healthy relationships. DCPS has partnered with the One Love Foundation and created a 2 day workshop plan appropriate for high school aged students. Escalation illuminates the warning signs of an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship. Repeatedly described as “eye-opening” yet “deeply recognizable,” Escalation makes relationship abuse personal, causing participants to ask “What can I do to change this?” Escalation is a powerful, emotionally-engaging film based workshop that educates your community about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change.
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check out our Sports pages for more information. We currently serve over 1,000 athletes throughout Duval County. We offer 12 different sports. Our athletes are also invited to participate in Athlete Leadership Programs and Healthy Athletes initiatives. Over 800 people from our community give their time to volunteer with Special Olympics each year.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school wellness program created by the National Football League and National Dairy Council that encourages kids to consume nutritious foods and get active for 60 minutes a day. The program has made wellness part of the game plan for more than 73,000 schools across the country and more than 3,100 schools in Florida.
Schools enrolled in the program are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in funding to help create sustainable wellness initiatives. Jaguars schools have received more than $840,000 in funds since the program’s inception.For more info on Fuel Up to Play 60 in Florida, visit www.fueluptoplay60.floridamilk.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes. Currently introduced to more than 7,000 elementary schools, this school golf program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport while learning the basic golf motor skills and the inherent values of the game.Physical educators receive professional development training and are provided age-appropriate materials, junior golf lesson plans, and equipment for effective implementation into their existing physical education programs.
- Provide a safe, introductory golf program appropriate for today's elementary school physical education students and teachers.
- Enable physical educators to introduce golf consistent with national standards developed by the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).
- Develop student appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game with each lesson.
- Engage students in “healthy habit” warm-up activities with each lesson.
- Present golf to students as a lifelong recreation and health-enhancing activity.
- Provide tools that enhance opportunities for students to transfer positive values and health-enhancing habits to their everyday lives.
Thousands of students, families, community partners and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during National Bike to School Day.
Register your school’s event today to be counted among the thousands of schools who participate each year and be entered into drawings for bikes and helmets! Bike to School Day registration is free and open to all schools planning a 2017 event in the United States.
Educators are looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance, and focus. Teachers strive to achieve state and national educational standards regarding development of micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills. They hope to engage each student in the educational process and develop relationships to promote graduation instead of drop-out.
Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) was developed to serve these specific educational and conservation purposes. NASP® was co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources and Department of Education and Mathews Archery in the late summer and fall of 2001. The program was launched in 21 Kentucky middle schools on March 3, 2002. Originally called the “Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program”, the effort’s goal was to enroll 120 schools and teach target archery skills to 24,000 students each year. Kentucky gave itself three years to achieve this goal.
Within the program’s first year the 120-school goal was achieved and because of neighbor-state interest, “National” replaced “Kentucky” in the program’s name. NASP® also expanded its participation standards to include students in 4th-12th grade. Shortly afterwards NASP® was granted 501 c (3) non-profit educational foundation status. NASP® is overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors. Every state, province and country enrolled in NASP® has a “Coordinator” in charge of leading the program in their jurisdiction.