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Dec. 2, 2016

 

 

IPS is
excited to partner with the Indianapolis Indians and local public safety
officials to pilot the RightFit program in three of our schools — Daniel Webster School 46, Wendell Phillips School 63 and Meredith Nicholson School 96.

 

Facilitated
by generous volunteers from law enforcement and other public-safety and youth organizations,
the program incorporates after-school activities; instructional time on topics
like nutrition, health and etiquette; and a healthy meal before students are
transported home three afternoons a week from January to June 2017.

 

Currently,
IPS students receive two free meals each day (breakfast and lunch). RightFit will
provide a third nutritious meal at no charge, which will help close the food-disparity
gap that many urban schoolchildren encounter.

 

Nearly 1,000
students are expected to enroll in the program, which is a supplement to IPS’ existing
after-school programming.

 

“The RightFit program is a great
opportunity for our students to work with public safety officials,
community partners and school staff after school three days a week,” said
Wendell Phillips Principal Paul Wirth. “It gives us a framework
to provide students with academic support, access to physical activities
and education about healthy eating habits. The best part is our students will
leave each day with a full stomach and transportation home. If we didn’t have
RightFit, we would not be able to offer this service to our students and
families.”

 

Throughout the program, data will also be
collected to show any needle movement pertaining to physical fitness,
educational achievement, behavior, nutrition and after-school participation
levels. 

More than 28 organizations throughout Indianapolis are on
board or have shown interest in supporting this amazing program.

“The unique collaboration between participating
organizations will provide an excellent opportunity for our students to have
fun, be healthy and build positive relationships with public-safety agencies
and offices,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee.

 

“This program
is a true community partnership with many companies and organizations committed
to helping our youth,” said Kathy Langdon, district health and fitness
facilitator. “Students will get help with tutoring, time to
be physically active and learn about healthy eating, along with
a meal before they go home with IPS transportation. It is the right fit for
our youth to be engaged with our community.”