ACPS Movement Matters Project

What is the Virtual PLUS+ Childcare Program and Virtual School? 

The ACPS Virtual PLUS+ School Day & Afterschool Program is a free, full day program offered in partnership with the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and other community partners. The program is designed to provide a safe and supervised environment for 350 Title 1 school-age students during virtual learning. These children also have access to active and healthy before- and after-school programs.

The Challenge

Most of the sites’ programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. But two sites — the William Ramsay and Leonard “Chick” Armstrong recreation centers — are not. 

The Solution

To bridge the gap, RunningBrooke provided a grant to ACPS to fund programs at these sites that incorporate physical activity and exercise that keeps the body and mind healthy and primed for learning!

The Program

Called the “Movement Matters Project,” they’re in full swing and the kids are having a blast, while doing good for their bodies and brains for good health and better learning!

Doing some Parkour moves

These kids at the William Ramsay Recreation Center were working their bodies and brains with instructors Rose and Santos from PK Move

These little ones were having fun, dancing and twirling, during a Local Motion Project session at the Chick Armstrong Recreation Center. Their instructor, Sara, got everyone settled in and then turned up the tunes for some creative and invigorating movement. 

Playing soccer

It was a beautiful day for playing soccer, and these kids were totally into it. The instructor from the Alexandria Soccer Association corralled everyone and fostered both footwork and teamwork.

Next Up

Breathing Space, the yoga club! We can’t wait to see the kids in action and share some photos.