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Graduate student interns in Health & Physical Education leave something behind

July 11, 2014

HPE student intern map painting 1
Completed map at Bacon District Elementary School, Charlotte County.

When students in the Health and Physical Education graduate program completed their 8-week internship at area schools this spring, they left something behind. What they left behind will enrich the education and lives of students in two local elementary schools for many years to come.  By working together, and with the help of fourteen Longwood undergraduates and two dedicated faculty members, graduate interns Amanda Basinger, Stephen Shockley, and Trisha Causin painted a giant, scale map of the United States on the blacktop lots of Bacon District and Eureka Elementary Schools in Charlotte County.  These maps will be used in physical education, but also to supplement and integrate social studies.

HPE student interns painting the map
Student intern Stephen Shockley and
Longwood Junior Jess Parker painting the map.

Each intern is required to complete a project that will have an impact on the school, student learning, and continue past their internship. Along with the maps, the interns provided teaching ideas and lesson plans for their use.  Despite sore knees and aching backs, these interns and their Longwood colleagues certainly accomplished their goal!

HPE stundent interns painting map outlines
Outline of the map as painting begins.