McKean Elementary School Receives Grant to Get Kids Moving

Posted on August 28, 2013, in Activities, Events, Lancer Life

ING announced McKean Elementary School as one of 60 recipients of a $2,000 grant to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices to carry into adulthood. In its second year, the ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program, led by financial services leader ING in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), is helping to introduce fourth- through eighth-grade students across the country to the benefits of running and active lifestyles through school-based running programs.

McKean Elementary will receive $2,000 in funding to support a minimum of an eight-week after-school running program that will conclude with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements. Schools can download unique running lesson plans developed by NASPE and based on the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) to serve as the foundation of the running program or to supplement an existing school program. Other program materials, such as sample eight-week training plans, distance logs and a running journal, will aid in the development of running skills and preparation for a culminating running event.

McKean Elementary Teacher Lisa Celeski applied for the grant last year and is very excited to get the program going, especially after not receiving the grant when she applied during her first year of teaching in the District.

“This program is just such a great opportunity for our students that I wanted to try again,” Celeski said. “The kids really like to run – I see it during our Presidential Challenge, I see it at recess, I see it when I talk to them at the races that I have run. Now, our students have the opportunity to expand on this interest and build a better relationship with Physical Education.”

The program at McKean Elementary School is a partnership with Edinboro University. Students from the University’s Health and Physical Education Department will help Celeski teach the students about running.

The program will take place an hour after school three days a week. The culminating running event at the end of the 8-week program will take place in Edinboro University’s Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center (Dome).

So far, Celeski said that she has 100 students committed to the program, which is completely free to the students. An additional 40 students will also receive new running sneakers, based on need.

Grant awards were available in all states and the District of Columbia to elementary or middle schools for running programs that targeted fourth- through eighth-grade students. Over 350 schools applied for the ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program. A NASPE review board consisting of 190 teachers and education administrators reviewed all applications.

For more information, please check out the article in this week’s Edinboro News or contact Lisa Celeski at