September has been a busy month for Body Walk. Recently the exhibit traveled to Warren County and stopped at two schools, Bowmar Elementary and Dana Road Elementary. A little over 300 children from each school went through the exhibit. Students K-5th enjoyed learning about the different parts of their body and how to keep those parts healthy. They began in the tent shaped like a giant head. Here they learned a few ways to keep their brain healthy. They learned why is so important to eat a healthy breakfast and why they should wear a helmet when riding a bike.
After the brain station, they traveled through eight more tents. They were guided on their journey by the Organwise Guys. The Organwise Guys are a team whose sole goal in life is to teach healthy lessons to children. The students loved meeting Hardy Heart, Windy Lungs, Madame Muscle, as well as the Kidney Brothers, Sid and Kid.
I worked with Marcus Davis, 4-H, who booked Body Walk for his county. I have worked with him before and it’s always nice to come to Warren County because I know he will have everything well planned out. He was ably assisted by Katrina Owens, Melissa Morgan, and Brenda McDevitt, all fellow Extension agents.
Vicksburg is a richly historic town and very interesting geographically. The town is composed of bluffs and ravines. There is very little flat land in Vicksburg, which makes building anything there quite a challenge. Bowmar Elementary was built in 1939. The building is perched high on a bluff, with steep ravines on either side of it. In fact, one cannot drive around the school. One can drive easily to the front. To get to the back, which is where the gym was located, it is possible to drive a roundabout path along narrow steep roads up to the school. If I ever decide to take up an alternative job, I feel being a truck driver in Peru along the mountain passes may be a good next career. Just kidding.
All in all, it was a good trip. I learned a new variation on criss-cross applesauce. Criss-cross apple sauce, hands in the basket. I plan to share that one as I travel. We had great volunteers at Bowmar and the kids seemed to really enjoy the exhibit. Jordan Amborn was the school contact and she really helped keep everything on track. Body Walk relies on volunteers for the set up, take down, and to work inside each of the stations.
Next up, Desoto County