The weather is beautiful. Clear skies, lovely temperatures, and flowers everywhere. Body Walk rolled through this extraordinary weather into Attala County to set up and share the message of smart from the inside out with the kindergartners – 6th grade students of Greenlee Elementary.
Becky Hamilton of 4-H scheduled Body Walk for her county. She had great help from Gay Fancher, the Body Walk school coordinator, and Bryan Weaver, principal. Arriving for set up, teaching assistants formed a steady line and the truck was unloaded in no time. Everyone worked like a well oiled machine. Soon the exhibit was set up and ready to go. The next day, all the same assistants were on hand, Carolyn Purnell, Extension Area Agent, plus four lovely ladies from Wal-Mart volunteered their time to help Body Walk run smoothly.
The volunteers in each room were very into presenting the material in an engaging way. They utilized the props, and where appropriate, the costumes. There is a shirt in the muscle station with muscles sewn into the sleeves and shoulders. There is a hardhat and tool belt in the bone station. Our volunteers looked great.
The children seemed to comprehend the messages of healthy choices and healthy eating so they can be healthy for life. From learning how to keep their brain and heart healthy, to seeing the difference between a pink and black lung, the kids absorbed the material. Quizzed at the end about what they saw, the children called out the right answers to a variety of questions.
Everyone at the school was very excited to see Body Walk. Teachers and staff who didn’t have a class to bring through, came by throughout the day just to see the exhibit. Everyone did an excellent job and the whole day was a fabulous success.