The Westchester Family YMCA has received two $30,000 donations — one from the Boeing Company and the other from Woodside Natural Gas — to fund the physical education and fitness program for K-5 students. The physical education program was developed as a response to the number of overweight and obese children that are currently living in America, officials said.
In particular, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) scores in standard physical fitness tasks are lower than the state average, with 76.4 percent of fifth-graders not able to perform all six tasks, according to the Westchester Family YMCA.
An increasingly large number of school districts in California also did not meet the mandatory elementary school requirement of 200 minutes of physical education every ten days, according to the YMCA.
With the support of the Boeing Company and Woodside Natural Gas, 2,000 students from five local schools, including Kentwood Elementary School, Loyola Village Elementary School, Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet School, Westport Heights Elementary School and Cowan Elementary School will receive the physical education program, YMCA officials said.
The purpose of the program is to educate the students in physical activity and to provide the tools needed to overcome misconceptions about physical education.
Westchester Family YMCA officials said the organization’s physical education program follows the state standard of providing approximately half of the 200 minutes of physical education within a ten-day period.
The program will run for the 2007-2008 school year.