Fit Kids recently partnered with Honored, a non-profit dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching. Each month, Honored honors a teacher whom the organization recognizes for changing students’ lives. Each honoree receives a free Fit Kids online program, along with a $5,000 unrestricted cash gift from Honored and a $1,000 giftcard from another Honored partner.
“We hope that our honorees use these physical activity programs in their classrooms virtually or give them to a p.e. teacher at their school to help create a culture of physical activity,” said Brooklyn Batey, senior director of programs and partnerships for Honored. “Then, once kids are back in school, we hope they continue to use these programs.
“What Fit Kids does is really important. Physical education and other out-of-school activities too often get lost in the conversation about education. We talk about inequities in math or English or reading, but there are often inequities in physical education and access to athletic opportunities. Some of our teachers at Title 1 schools, even if they are not p.e. teachers, want to contribute to a healthy environment, and partnering with Fit Kids gives our teachers so many resources to set up all kids for success.”
For Fit Kids, the partnership’s impact extends beyond just the schools where the Honored teachers are employed, said Fit Kids Founder and Executive Director Ashley Hunter. “We had a school in Michigan contact us out of the blue, saying they heard about Fit Kids through Honored. We are happy to offer our programs to the outstanding teachers who gain recognition from Honored, and we hope our supporters will nominate teachers for Honored, which can help spread the use of Fit Kids programs throughout the U.S.”