Grades 6–8 Teachers: Register Your Students Now For the Bright Schools Competition

BrightSchools_NSF_NSTAThe Bright Schools Competition—a free, hands-on exploration designed especially for middle school students (grades 6–8)—creates a learning experience that helps students, parents, and teachers better understand the link between light, sleep, and student health and performance.
Engage your students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with this free competition. Registration is now open and projects are due on January 29, 2016. The competition is free to enter and offers great prizes for students and teachers. Register now! If you have questions or comments about the competition, please contact

Step it Up! – Help Make Our Communities Walkable

walking-web-bannerOnly half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.  Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle.  The Surgeon General aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.

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FL Green Recognition Program Closing Date Sept. 14th!

14There is still time to submit a 2014-2015 Florida Green District Recognition form and/or a FL Green School Profile form. Monday, September 14th is the last day to submit forms for this statewide recognition program. To find Word and PDF versions of these forms, click HERE.

*In addition, those schools and school districts interested in participating in the 2015-2016 National Green Ribbon School program open this Fall, are required as a pre-requisite to have participated in the state green recognition program by submitting one of the two forms mentioned above.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

National Champion School Fitness Center Grant for Florida

NFGFC-logoThe National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) aims to improve youth fitness by recognizing schools that actively promote physical activity and wellness to students. The NFGFC will select three schools in Florida to receive equipment for a state-of-the-art fitness center. Please note that only public and public charter elementary and middle schools are eligible for this grant program. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2015.

Funding priority will be given to applicants who:

1. Are determined to have a significant low-income population demonstrated by a high percentage of students eligible to participate in free and reduced-price meal programs.

2. Demonstrate a robust plan for using the equipment in building and improving their physical education and academic programs.

A donation of fitness equipment worth approximately $100,000 will be granted to three eligible schools in Florida.  The award is comprised of strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment and interactive exercise games; and includes the design, delivery and installation of the equipment within the school’s existing structure.

Nomination form and eligibility can be found here: