Active SWV’s spring Kids Run Club season is off to a great start with a mix of new and returning groups starting up as the weather gets warmer. This is the first in-person season since Covid-19 disrupted the usual flow of participation in early 2020.
Throughout the past year, in lieu of traditional Kids Run Clubs Active SWV staff and volunteers have come up with innovative ways to provide physical activity opportunities to kids including a virtual Kids Run Club season, at home fitness challenges, no touch and socially distanced agility courses, and more.
We are excited to be back to offering in person Kids Run Clubs while observing all safety protocols and adhering to CDC guidelines.
Kids Run Clubs Statewide
For the first time, Active SWV is supporting Kids Run Clubs across the state outside of our six county service area of Raleigh, Summers, Nicholas, Fayette, Kanawha, and Boone counties. This year, we launched a Kids Run Club grant offering program training, technical support, and $250 equipment funds to schools and community groups all over West Virginia. While the actual Clubs will be held in person, all the support and assistance from Active SWV will be virtual to keep all parties safe.
So far, our Kids Run Club grant has gotten applicants from all over the state, including Mingo, Webster, Taylor, and Hardy counties. Active SWV is very excited to welcome these new groups into the Kids Run Club community, and equally excited to welcome back our established Kids Run Clubs in our 6 county service area.
21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Kids Run Clubs
In 2020, Active SWV, Coda Mountain Academy, and Camp Royal received a 21st Century Learning Center (21CCLC) Grant to provide after school activities to kids at Fayetteville pk-8 and Oak Hill Middle school. As a result of this partnership and five year funding opportunity, Active SWV will have volunteer led Kids Run Clubs at each of these schools starting at the beginning of April.
Students at either school who participate in a Kids Run Club or Coda or Royal’s activities will be eligible to take part in a day camp with Active SWV this summer. More information to come!
If you are a student or parent/guardian of a student who attends Oak Hill Middle School or Fayetteville PK-8, you can fill out this form to request the online permission form to participate.
Kids Run Club Grant is Still Open
It’s not too late to get a Kids Run Club started at your school this year! Anyone in West Virginia may apply for the grant, whether you’ve had a Kids Run Club before or not. Funding is still available and we highly encourage all pre-existing Kids Run Clubs to apply, as well as any new schools or groups who are interested in starting the program.
You can read more about the grant and access the application here. Please contact Active SWV’s Youth Program Director India at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.