October 18th through the 22nd, Body Walk was set up at Oak Grove Elementary in Hattiesburg MS. We saw 4th graders from Oak Grove, Sumrall, and Purvis. Liz Sadler, Extension Agent booked Body walk for Lamar. Becke Bounds and Hagan Barber-Oak Grove, Stacy Aulbmon and Kim Jorns-Sumrall, and Teresa Sanford-Purvis, were in charge of scheduling for each of their respective schools. They were all great to work with. Everything ran smooth each day thanks to their careful planning and hard work. Nursing students from USM and William Carey University-School of Nursing were our volunteers for Tuesday through Friday.
Monday was set up day. The weather was nice, sunny and not to hot. The gym is HUGE and air-conditioned, two great qualities for wherever the Body Walk is set up. This gym also has a modern floor. It seems to ‘bounce back’ with every step you take. After walking on it for for days hour upon hour, it was a much appreciated quality.
The kids were thrilled to see the exhibit. Body Walk is the field trip that comes to them. A few had seen it before but it was brand new to most of the students. They loved the squishy brain, the teeth seats, and the two lungs in the lung station. At the end, during the review, the students just shouted out answers to the review questions. Their teachers were impressed they learned so much from the exhibit.
The nursing students did a great job each day presenting the material. One young woman came up with a new way to demonstrate muscle control in the muscle station. Instead of having the students pick up and squeeze the rubber balls, she gently tossed the balls to them. They caught the balls, then squeezed them, thus learning about reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and muscle control. She was a GREAT presenter.
Next up for Body Walk, Prentiss County.