Physical Education Gets Moving with Grant


CPS partner Mission2Move received $25,000 to help expand physical education programing for CPS preschoolers.

Sixty minutes a day. That’s the recommended amount of physical activity for children, and a Cincinnati Public Schools partner, Mission2Move, is helping to make that happen for 2,000 preschool students in the district.

At a formal check presentation and event at Rising Stars Academy, Mission2Move received a $25,000 grant from AdvoCare Foundation, a Texas-based foundation that focuses on alleviating childhood obesity.

“This donation from AdvoCare gets us a quarter of the way toward serving all CPS preschool students with physical education programming,” said Jarren Finney, principal at Rising Stars Academy. “There are still 1,600 children between the ages of three and five who, as of today, will not have exposure to movement and mindfulness through physical education.”

Currently, Mission2Move provides direct programming for 18 preschool classes within CPS: 10 at Rising Stars Academy on Vine Street, two at Winton Hills Academy, two at Woodford Paideia and four at John P. Parker School. Mission2Move’s goal is to raise $100,000 so the organization can provide 100,000 minutes of physical education programming across all CPS schools. The $25,000-donation from AdvoCare is just the start.

“We need to keep this effort moving,” said principal Finney.

Rising Stars Academy students get their bodies moving during a Mission2Move-directed physical education class.

Mission2Move’s unique approach to exercise and physical education focuses on movement and mindfulness. Students learn about how the human body works and how movement generates more blood flow and oxygen to the brain. After various activities that get students’ heart rates pumping, the classes end with a mindfulness activity that helps students take control of their body and lower their heart rates, so they return to class relaxed and ready to learn. Learn more about Mission2Move’s approach from Local12’s visit at Woodford Paideia in September 2017.

The check presentation ceremony attracted many community members involved with CPS’ effort to expand its physical education programming in partnership with Mission2Move, including:

  • Ozie Davis, CPS School Board
  • Tamaya Dennard, Cincinnati City Council
  • Greg Landsman, Cincinnati City Council
  • Robert M. Siegel, MD, Center for Better Health and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Members of the Mission2Move Board of Directors, including:
    • John Burns, Encore Technologies
    • Suzy Deyoung, La Soupe
    • Julie Wilson, Chief Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Information Officer, Hamilton County

Students have a wonderful play area to encourage them to get moving at Rising Stars Academy.

Learn more about Mission2Move’s partnership with CPS to offer physical education programming for preschool students at Keep up with the exciting things happening at Rising Stars Academy throughout the school year at


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