Dan Persse goes to Washington

Published on Thu, Jul 3, 2008
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Dan Persse goes to Washington

Dan Persse, Blaine elementary PE teacher, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for three different physical education bills to be considered this fall. Persse met with the educational advisors of Senators Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, and U.S. Representative Rick Larsen to discuss the importance and impact the bills would have on the quality of physical education and the obesity epidemic overcoming our youth.

Persse later met with Larsen as well to discuss and highlight these three bills, the Fit Kids Act Bill, the PLAY Every Day Act Bill, and the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Bill.

The Fit Kids Act bill would include PE as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, which supports quality health and physical education as integral parts of the education of every child,

The PLAY Bill promotes the national recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity per day for kids, families, and communities, and the Carol M. White Bill helps fund schools to initiate and improve K-12 PE programs.

Persse was invited to D.C. to participate with his National PE association, AAHPERD, because of his recent recognition as an elementary teacher of the year joining 15 others receiving such distinction.