EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District received a $93,000 grant from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which is aimed at activating schools and communities to support school wellness initiatives, good nutrition and physical activity.

“I am excited about being the first school district in the Rio Grande Valley to receive the district-wide grant, because it will provide much needed equipment to keep our students physically active,” said ECISD Physical Education Health Coordinator Leo Reyes.  “All 31 of the district’s elementary schools will be receiving the recess equipment.”

Fuel Up to Play 60 funding will provide support for a variety of activities and tools throughout Edinburg CISD.  Reyes said that the focus of the grant is on recess activities for the students.  

“We will be providing equipment for our recess activities in our elementary schools. We will also implement innovative nutrition games for both recess and physical education,” he said. “Currently, we have some schools that have recess before lunch, a new concept being adopted by schools around the nation. The grant will provide additional equipment that will keep students physically active.”

Fuel Up to Play 60 has partnered with the National Dairy Council (NDC), the National Football League (NFL), ECISD and its students to recruit friends, parents, teachers, and business and community leaders to join them in pledging to adopt healthier behaviors, such as choosing foods encouraged by the United States Department of Agriculture, which has also joined the initiative, and committing to 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Recent Fuel Up to Play district-wide winners include:

Best Video Award:   San Carlos Elementary

Fuel Up to Play 60 Bulletin Board Award:  Monte Cristo Elementary

Breakfast Shine Award:  Cano-Gonzalez Elementary – Anthelma Maldonado

Dairy Good Award:  Carmen Avila Elementary – Victor Prado

Creative Mind Award:  Travis Elementary – Jaime Reyes

Communities Unite Award:  LBJ Elementary – Paul Garza

Healthy Competition Award:  MD Betts Elementary – Inez Rodriguez

Best Physical Activity Award:  Trevino Elementary – Christina Espericueta

Program Advisor of the Year Award:   Leo Reyes

District Implementation Award:   Edinburg CISD