HARK & Phi Epsilon Kappa Partner with Head Start
Everyone's Moving in Pre-K
Smiles, laughter, movement, brightly colored hula hoops and pool noodles were all present in a hands-on in-service for Head Start teachers and teacher's aides at the SCOPE Center last Friday afternoon. Phi Epsilon Kappa, Longwood University's honor fraternity in Health, Athletic Training, Recreation, and Kinesiology (HARK), made a commitment to increase children's physical activity levels when the group raised money for equipment for Head Start. Hula hoops and pool noodles are the essential equipment needed to implement the Head Start/Body Start curriculum developed by the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The past president of Phi Epsilon Kappa (Rosella Sheehan) and current president (Courtney Daymude) joined with their advisor, Alicia Peterson, to present 180 hula hoops and 180 pool noodles to Head Start. Accepting the donations were Amanda Corbin and June Gregory. These items will provide equipment for 9 of the 21 Head Start classrooms in the area. Phi Epsilon Kappa plans to raise more monies this year so that all 366 children in the area Head Start programs will be able to participate.
Drs. Vonnie Colvin and Claire Mowling, faculty in the HARK Department, along with Meg Van Trees, a graduate student involved everyone in fun and creative activities that utilized the equipment effectively. The Head Start personnel learned that a pool noodle could be a helicopter, a fishing pole, a rocket, or a horse while a hula hoop could be a bubble, a car, a place to wiggle, stretch, jump, etc.. All activities promoted gross motor movements as well as integrating academics. Drs. Colvin and Mowling will be providing in-services for the teachers and teachers aides throughout the year. In addition, the graduate students in the HARK Department will be creating activity DVDs for use with pre-schoolers. Smiles, laughter, movement, brightly colored hula hoops and pool noodles, all ingredients for an active school year.