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Your tax dollars at work: Fed Ed funds $1 million worth of kayaks, toys for wealthy Conn. school district’s “wellness initiative”

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 9, 2013 11:24 AM

A tipster e-mails:

Westport, Connecticut has an avg home selling price of $1.8 million. The federal Dept of Education awarded the town a $1 million grant to buy kayaks, paddle boards and roller blades as part of a “wellness” program. Seriously??? Most of these kids have better sports equipment than pro teams.

Here’s more on the Fed Ed boondoggle of the day:

The Westport Public Schools will receive a $936,772 U.S. Department of Education grant to fund a three-year “Westport Wellness Initiative,” the school district announced today.

The grant will enable the schools to purchase kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, roller blades, and various other supplies for year round indoor and outdoor recreational activities, it said.

Dave Gusitsch, department chair for Physical Education & Health for the Westport Public Schools, said 60 grants totaling $32 million were awarded under the 2013 Carol M. White Physical Education Program by the U.S. Department of Education for Nutrition and Physical Education (PE) programs.

Toss in some pricy high-tech. Sounds like government-subsidized Wii Fitness:

The introduction of “exergaming” or “interactive fitness” equipment is an innovative component of the Westport Wellness Initiative, the announcement said.

Interactive fitness refers to an exercise experience in which a fitness component is partnered with a piece of technology to create an activity that is rigorous, yet entertaining, it said.

Interactive fitness may also be in the form of technology-driven activities that require students to use their body to participate.

In order to take advantage of Westport’s location near the water and a variety of trails and parks located in the area, Westport Public Schools will acquire equipment such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, roller blades and various other supplies that will provide opportunities for students to explore local resources that promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

Another example of education shiny toy syndrome. Your tax dollars at work.

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