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Weekly Roundup for September 23, 2011

Jess Tonn

>      Jay Mathews' headline probably raised a few eyebrows, but hats off to him for explaining how high school sports (+ other extracurriculars) save our schools.

>      In case you’re looking for yet another reason to lengthen the school day in Chicago, here you go: Most Chicago public schools do not have recess or daily physical education.

>      What would a 12-hour-school-day look like? Here’s how one Ohio school is doing it. (Spoiler alert: The kids actually like it.)

>      This Atlanta community went from being a “war zone” to a national model. Their recipe: community partnerships + a longer school day/year. Mmmm…sounds good.

>      We’re psyched to learn that Children’s Aid Society will be opening a charter school in the Bronx next fall. They’ll be integrating health and social services into…..you got it! A longer school day.

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Healthy School Environments Action Learning Collaborative Award

Five awards of $5,000 are available to individual public schools that are promoting student wellness through the adoption of the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge. The HealthierUS School Challenge was established to recognize schools that create healthier environments through improvements to school food, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education.

Deadline: October 13

And now for something completely different:

I’m a sucker for a man wearing a Baby Bjorn. If you are, too, then you’ll get a kick out of this video:

(**Warning: May cause spontaneous giggling and persistent 80s-one-hit-wonder earworm-itis.)

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