Fit4Kids Response to the Pandemic

Using our Greenhouse Space – In March, Fit4Kids repurposed our greenhouse space to make as many seedlings and planters as possible available to families. We sold a small amount online this spring to fund the donation program, but we’ve donated thousands of seedlings to the Resiliency Gardens and to some food security efforts in Petersburg. We’ve 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!

Learning Garden – Garden Educators are virtually back in classrooms across the region! Students are engaged by drawing, watching, and participating in interactive lessons about soil, watering, growing vegetables, and so much more!  Garden Clubs for elementary and Next Up have also started back. Students received a kit to have a hands-on experience while at home!

Wellness Integration – Wellness Integration Specialists are virtually back in classrooms in Hopewell and Petersburg!  They are using Fit4Kids strategies to get students active and engaged! They are also recording brain boosters and lessons to add to YouTube!

Online Teacher Training – We have trained over 350 teachers on ‘How to Use Movement in the Virtual Classroom’. Teachers have shared “my students aren’t engaged unless we’re using Fit4Kids movement lessons”. We’re still offering trainings to teachers, schools, and school divisions, email Katie at krm@grfit4kids.org if you are interested in learning more!

Game On, Girl! – As a NextUp partner, we are providing online lessons and continuing after school offerings for girls in Richmond, Henrico at Wilder Middle and Fairfield Middle, and Chesterfield at Falling Creek Middle and Providence Middle.