September is a full month for Body Walk. My trip to Cornith MS was the first time Body Walk had been to Alcorn county. I worked the most with Tammy Parker, 4-H and Marea Wilson, Extension Nutrition Educator. They did a great job securing volunteers, and organizing everything. The secured donations from CocaCola for water and from the Magnolia Regional Health Center for healthy snacks. We set up at the Extension office and the children from 5 different schools came to us. We saw 1st, 2nd, and 5th graders from Kossuth, Alcorn Central, Biggersville, Glendale, and Rienz.
When the children arrived, they got to sit in a room separate from the exhibit which was great from a noise level standpoint. The children watched OrganWise Guys DVD’s while they waited for their group’s turn to begin. While in there, they took off their shoes and put them in a plastic tote that was already labeled with their teacher’s name. After that, they came out one group at a time to the waiting area. They then toured the exhibit. When they finished, they got to go to the Fitness Area, and dance for a few minutes. After the dance, they had a healthy snack. Then it was shoe time and off they went, full of new information about how to be healthy.
Pictures of a few things I LOVED.
Organized shoe containment
A waiting area for the group about to start the Body Walk.
Sign for the Fitness Station where students danced.
A healthy snack of water, fruit, and granola bar.
The waiting area was awesome. The chairs were set up near the brain. I could talk to each group of kids before they started. I explained the rules of behavior for Body Walk, and answered any questions. They had a designated place to sit, and they knew it was just a few short minutes before it was their turn to begin.
The volunteers for set up, station presenters, and take down were high school students from the Alcorn Career and Tech Center. They did a very good job. The set up and take down crew were good listeners and they worked together as a team. The station presenters had a LOT of enthusiasm. They really got into engaging the children in the material. They wore costumes and asked the kids lots of questions. They had fun and thus, the children had fun.
Fantastic student volunteers from the Alcorn Career and Tech Center
One of the best parts of Body Walk is interacting with the young children who see the exhibit. Sometimes they have really interesting questions. For example, “Are we going to have to drink something so our bodies will show up on an X-Ray?” “Are we going to get a shot?” The answer to both of these was a firm ‘no’. The relieved sighs could be heard across the room.
They year is off to a splendid start.
Next up, Warren County.