LCC Exercise Science Students Painting Project
August 12, 2019
Labette Community College students created an additional outdoor play environment at Garfield Elementary school while gaining hands-on experience. The elementary school is located next to the college, making the partnership beneficial for both the elementary and college students.
The Introduction to Physical Education, Introduction to Exercise Science, and Personal and Community Health classes participated in painting playground activities at the elementary school for children to utilize during recess and outdoor activity time.
The LCC students painted a variety of playground activities including hop scotch, frog jump, mazes, bean bag toss, and number lines. Many of the participating students are Exercise Science, Athletic Training, or Physical Education majors and are a part of the HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) club at LCC.
"Physical activity during recess and throughout the day, on a well-marked game area or playground, provides children the opportunity to become involved in purposeful or intentional play," said LCC Exercise Science instructor, Tarah Cockrell.
"I wanted to give my students an opportunity with a hands-on approach. Garfield is a convenient in location to our college, I decided to reach out to the principal, Misty Russell. Mrs. Russell welcomed us with open arms and was so happy to have us," said Cockrell.
"Garfield Elementary staff have wanted to do this project for a few years, but have not had the time or resources to complete it. These fun activities are a tremendous benefit to our students," said Garfield Principal, Misty Russell.
The playground paintings will be used to initiate imaginative play, encourage different learning styles and extend learning beyond the classroom. This promotes not only health and fitness benefits but also engaging learning opportunities and self-esteem benefits. "Providing children with alternative physical activity opportunities is also a great way to nurture personal and social skills as well," added Cockrell.
"Our community does so much for our college," said Cockrell. "It’s a good feeling to be able to give back with an educational approach at the same time."