Fit4Kids Response to the Pandemic

Using our Greenhouse Space – Fit4Kids has repurposed our greenhouse space to make as many seedlings and planters as possible available to families. We sell a small amount online to fund the donation program, but we have donated thousands of seedlings to the Resiliency Gardens and to some food security efforts in Petersburg. We have donated hundreds of “salad bowl” and kale planters at the RPS food distribution sites in Mosby, Gilpin, and Whitcomb courts, at Petersburg and Hopewell sites and through the Colonial Heights Food pantry.  We’ve distributed over 4,600 plants so far!

Reopening a few School Gardens – With recent RPS approval, we’ve replanted three of our school gardens – Ginter Park, Henderson and Cary – and will donate the food to members of the community.

Wellness Integration – We have worked really hard to leverage our resources to make as much content as possible available online. We have various YouTube videos (over 75 so far!) and online lessons encouraging kids to learn age appropriate content while moving and staying active. Every day we add more lessons and videos to our online library. Here are some examples:
Heavy or Light – Kindergarten Lesson
Example of other YouTube lesson
Online Teacher Training – We were planning on launching online teacher training in September aimed at increasing movement in the classroom, but are moving up that timeline.  We are finalizing the content on our online tool now and are partnering with local school divisions to get approved for re-certification points.  We hope to roll this out in the next few weeks.

Chalk Your Walk – We have gotten permission from over 20 mobile home communities and apartment complexes where many of our students live to create active hopscotch patterns/courses and also distribute more instructions and chalk for kids in their community.  We’ve distributed over 1,100 kits so far.

Game On, Girl! – As a NextUp partner, we are providing online lessons and continuing after school offerings for girls in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield.