Does your School have Budget Challenges? I am sure that most all of you would say “yes”! Unfortunately this is a very challenging time for schools as budgets are being cut from almost every direction. Knowing that most physical education teachers traditionally haven’t had a very large budget to begin with makes it even more difficult for you to find resources to help support your programs. Here are a few things to consider that may help during these difficult financial times.
- Look for simple grants that you can apply for to receive small amount of funding. The smaller grants are not as difficult to write and often provide a source of funds for projects that are not dependent on a huge budget.
- Use data that you have to support your request. Include items such as your current budget for equipment (and how much that is per student!), number of students who would benefit from the request, specific ways students would benefit, concerns about fitness levels based on fitness test scores, amount of physical education time students receive, etc.
- Talk about the recommendation that students should be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. Then include ways that what you are asking for can support movement throughout the school day, i.e. recess and movement in the classroom.
Whether you are asking for funds through a grant, from your local parent organization or your administrator, when you address the items listed above it shows you are not simply looking for “money” but you have an end goal in mind.
We believe that the Skillastics activity kits provide a lot of “bang for your buck”. They are not expensive, they can support many of the needs you have in the data you submit, and they can be used throughout the school day. Finally, never lose sight of the fact that you are an important part of the education of the students you work with. Use these challenges to share your passion and dedication and to promote the importance of quality physical education.