Ascension Fund/Galvez Primary Pirates increase Physical Literacy

Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Galvez Primary School are accustomed to running mile club during PE.  Mile club is used to increase strength and endurance in the Pirates; however, waiting in line and limited immediate feedback hindered growth.  With funding from BASF through the Ascension Fund Grant, Galvez Primary Pirates can now utilize a tracking system during mile club to increase physical literacy.

Through this grant, the Pirates received an iPad, a case, a tracking system, as well as rewards for students.  This system allows for laps to be tracked more efficiently, allowing students more time to work towards their goal.  The system also provides reports that include lap count and time per lap.  Students can use this information for more realistic goal setting.

Students love the newly implemented tracking system.  The speed and ease of lap counting has allowed students to reach their goals sooner than ever before.  At the end of the school year, this year’s data will be compared to past years’ data to determine the impact of this new system.

Funds for this grant were provided by BASF through the Ascension Fund.  The Ascension Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club as an instrument for private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools.  Teacher Grants of $500 or $1,000 and School Impact Grants of $2,500 are awarded on an annual competitive basis.  To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded approximately 1,300 grants representing over $1.55 million dollars in the school system.  For more information, visit