It is hard to believe we are at mid July. This time of year we are plotting, planning and preparing for the Fall Launch of new schools and Sponsors and returning to many schools for their 2nd year of in-service and program progression. It’s like working a huge jigsaw puzzle of cities and states across the nation, and making sure all the pieces fit. This fall we will be serving over 200 schools and 100,000 students.
We have the opportunity to read the year-end teacher evaluations, look at pre and post testing outcomes and study each school to devise strategies for helping them to build a vibrant broad based fitness program for their students.
We have set and hold conference calls with our new Sponsors and schools to collaborate our plans for the big media days and Opening Day Kick Off events in the fall. We prepare and ship out Event Planning guides, work on press releases and organize each school and Sponsor’s special project launch. We order and ship the equipment to be donated, print and ship all the curriculum materials and lesson plan support supplies, and begin connecting each school to a their personal PFA Mentor Teacher who will be on site with them in the fall to work hand in hand to help them launch and facilitate new programming.
We prepare for new grant programs to launch in the fall for donors and Sponsor’s looking to launch with us in the fall of 2014. We also continue all of our fund raising efforts to be able to help and serve new schools, teachers, kids and communities across America.
This is a wonderful time of year…that crystallizes and culminates all of our hard working fund raising efforts of sourcing funds for schools for the past year. It is the manifestation of the grant programs held throughout the country to find and select our Sponsor’s partner schools. It is a time of gratitude for the amazing Sponsors and Donors who make this all possible. They are the wind beneath our wings. The shared spirit and enthusiasm is contagious…and it keeps growing to epic levels as the teachers and students start returning to school throughout August. We love this time of year…it is filled with hope, validation and inspiration. It is a real “VR”….Vision Realized.
Don’t think we are all work and no play!! We take full advantage of the summer…from vacations with families and friends to lots of biking, hiking, swimming, and all kinds of outdoor fun…we are rested, pumped and ready to rock kids’ fitness from coast to coast!