|‘Go Getters’ balance exercise, learning|
|Friday, January 18, 2013 2:07 PM|
District Director of Technology Shelly Mumaw has been coordinating the Tuesday and Thursday program events for three years. There are 85 students participating in the program held from 3-4:30 p.m. and 10 teachers — current, substitute and retired — who guide and work closely with the students.
The students are dismissed from classes at 3 p.m. and excitedly stampede into the gymnasium for the physical education portion of the program. Afterwards, they connect in the cafeteria for a snack and engage in a social setting with students from all grade levels. At 3:30 p.m., the enrichment and homework part of the program starts.
Mumaw gave an example of the regimen.
“Each day, the students take part in a physical activity in the gymnasium directed by Physical Education Teacher Tony Castronova where they participate in a sport, such as basketball, and have a structured activity like pushups or jumping jacks,” she said.
“For example, during a Tuesday session, a student may go to either the library or computer activity lab and have a session with a teacher working on homework,” Mumaw said.
Through the program, the students have completed an array of projects and activities. Kindergarten aide Lori Schroeder, detailed previous art and experimental-based projects completed by the students during the enrichment portions of the program. The kids work in groups and play board games— old board games like Monopoly— and participate in sensory experiments.
“For Veterans Day, they folded close to 300 small U.S. paper flags to give to the veterans to wear in their shirt pockets,” Schroeder said. “It was really neat with kids having parents in the service.”
“We had a sensory experiment based on color and scent,” Schroeder explained. “We also had a juice test where students tried to identify differing fruit juices.”
The program has been quite successful and parents are impressed with the “value-added” attributes of the federally-funded Safe Schools Healthy Students (S.A.F.E.) program. Teacher and parent Mark Odenweller gives the program high praise.
“I love the program and the kids really enjoy it,” he said enthusiastic. “It gives them a fun time to socialize and mingle with kids they do not normally see in classes.”