Monday, November 7, 2011

Can You Serve Some "Breakfast for the Brain"?

If you're fitness oriented, here is a wonderful opportunity to pass on that passion to the next generation!

Ms. Sipps, the PE Teacher at Travis Elementary, is starting a morning fitness program for 4th and 5th graders.  It is called "Breakfast for the Brain."  She is cleaning out a storage area at the school to make a fitness room where the kids can exercise in the mornings before school (it will also be available to faculty at other times).  A lot of kids are already at school during that time, doing nothing but sitting around.  And many of them are the ones who most need some physical exercise.  It sounds like a great and much needed program.

Ms. Sipps is looking for volunteer mentors and donations.  Mentors would join the group from 7:15-7:45 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays to work out with a child and mentor him or her throughout the year (once a week is fine, preferably the same day each week).  Volunteers do not have to be a Travis parent to be a mentor, all you need is a desire to make a difference for some of these kids.  You would need to be cleared through HISD's Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program if you aren't already, but that is apparently a simple process.

Travis Elementary, 3311 Beauchamp in Woodland Heights

Ms. Sipps is also looking for donations, specifically a stationary bicycle, an elliptical machine, and a Nintendo Wii system with Wii Fit or Wii Sport.  Monetary donations would be welcome as well; any donations are tax deductible.If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact Ms. Sipps at  Also, feel free to forward this info rmation to anyone else that you think might be interested in volunteering or donating. This kind of program can really help set kids on a lifetime of fitness and good health!

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