“This is an investment in the future of student mental and physical health as part of Pepsi Stronger Together’s continued work to keep local students happy, healthy and excited about school,” said declared Derek lewis, President, PepsiCo Beverages North America (South Division). “For many students, this is probably the first time they have been able to participate in a program like this, which makes it more than just a donation.”
From August 18, for the first time since 2005, all 325+ students will be able to participate in a holistic range of physical education programs, from team building games and sports to valuable life lessons in healthy eating habits, the exercise, mindfulness, leadership skills, sleep, and more. A school-wide socio-emotional program, The Leader in Me, will also be integrated, teaching seven important habits ranging from being proactive to understanding others as a premise for becoming leaders.
Pepsi Stronger Together worked closely with the University of Louisville – whose Signature Partnership Initiative focuses on supporting from Louisville West End Educational Community through teacher and student support – to identify Atkinson Primary School as the grant recipient.
“With a global pandemic looming, it is more important than ever to ensure that the young people in our communities are at their strongest – both mentally and physically,” said Dr. Geneva A. Stark, director of the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education at the University of Louisville. “A sincere thank you to Pepsi Stronger Together for giving the opportunity to these Louisville students – and their families – to develop healthy habits inside and outside the classroom. “
“We are thrilled to bring physical education back to our students and grateful to Pepsi Stronger Together for giving us the opportunity to help change the health trajectory of our students,” said Atkinson Elementary School principal. . Michael loosey. “No matter what PE looks like this year, we’ll be able to prioritize it to help positively impact their physical and mental health, as well as promote social and emotional skills, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. “
ABOUT PEPSI STRONGER TOGETHER
Pepsi Stronger Together is a national initiative to empower and engage communities across the country by offering tailored programs and resources that bring people together. It was designed with the idea that now, more than ever, we need to foster a sense of connection and belonging, starting with investing locally. Launched in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – engaging its network of partners in the South to shine the spotlight on essential frontline workers in a variety of industries – Pepsi Stronger Together was expanded in October 2020 by partnering with NBA teams and charitable organizations to promote, among other things, community and police relations.
Leading PepsiCo is our vision to be the world leader in convenient foods and beverages by winning with determination. As part of this vision, Pepsi Stronger Together continually evolves the program to respond to the cultural moment and meet the needs of communities across United States. Stay up to date on pepsistrongertogether.com, where visitors can strike up a conversation and find out about the latest community initiatives and how to give back. Follow the conversation on social media at @pepsistrongertogether.
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