The second September trip for Body Walk was to Monticello MS. The heat index was still in the triple digits and this really mattered here because we set up in a wood gym with no AC. First and foremost, EVERY SINGLE PERSON who helped set-up, served as a volunteer, or helped take down is a trooper! It was HOT. It was fainting hot. The volunteers could have left. They are volunteers, they can come or go at will. But they stuck it out. I was pleased to see how everyone rose to the occasion to get the message of ‘smart from the inside out’ to the third and fifth graders who came through the exhibit. Naveleen Pittman booked Body Walk for her county and she made sure to have plenty of water on hand for her volunteers. I think a sprinkler to run through would have been nice, I’m requesting that for next year. 😉
The kids were excited to learn, and they seemed to barely feel the heat. We took their comfort into consideration though. Through a series of fans and clever wall manipulation, everyone was able to focus on what they were learning, and not the temperature.
Hardy Heart welcomed the kids into the gym. From the first OrganWise Guy, Sir Rebrum, to the last, Madame Muscle, the students had an organ narrator welcoming them to each room and telling them all the ways they can make healthy choices. Each character explained what happens if they make poor choices. They feel bad, they feel tired, or their organs don’t work like they should. But with the right choices, each organ (and thus each person) can stay in tip-top shape.
The kids were surprised to learn their intestines are so long. Peri Stolic and the Kidney brothers taught them that the average length is 22 feet. They also learned in the intestines that water is the best thirst quenching drink. They were not surprised to learn that one of the skin’s functions is to keep us cool by sweating. They had a good time, and they were happy to get their activity book after the tour. Many said they wanted to go through again. 🙂 That’s always nice to hear.
Next up, Pontotoc.