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 the DCPS Health Education and Physical Education Office at 904.290.2557
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.
The Kids Heart Challenge is an all-new program that prepares kids for success by supporting both their PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL well-being.
Through Kids Heart Challenge, kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts. Have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!
In the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge...
- 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.
5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine and in a few communities in neighboring states. They partner with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn work and play. They offer a K-5 Program and a Middle/High Program.
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.
Yoga 4 Change is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which operates during the physical education periods for 6 weeks at a time inside Duval County Schools. Yoga 4 Change’s curriculum is based on themes such as gratitude, forgiveness, expectations, self-acceptance, peer pressure, anti-bullying and vulnerability. Without the use of sanskrit, ohming or any reference to yogi philosophy, the classes instruct students on breathing techniques, as well as physical forms to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as increase impulse control.
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.
Common Threads is picking up their pots and pans to fight the obesity crisis and hunger paradox on the front lines. In the schools, communities and kitchens across America that need us most. Their family-centric, hands-on model with proven results, empowers children to make healthy choices in the kitchen and beyond, and to change agents in their schools and communities. Common Threads offers a variety of in-and-out-of-school programs. All programs are hands-on, culturally relevant, and teach children, their families, and teachers how to cook healthy meals on a budget with available resources.
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 an event in the United States.