MNH: ETBU Partners with WECC for Field Dayby Austin King - News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (10/31/13) - Wednesday’s clouds and rain didn’t put a damper on Washington Early Childhood Center’s field day as all classes stopped by East Texas Baptist University to get active.
"They do all the planning,” said Dede Fisher, WECC counselor. "Their students handle the stations. We just have to show up.”
ETBU has hosted WECC’s field days for six years.
"We’re just so happy that ETBU partners with us and holds this field day,” Fisher said. "We enjoy it. I think we have a great partnership with them.”
Dr. Will Walker, ETBU associate professor of kinesiology, explained that the field days have been held inside since the event’s second year.
"The first year we did it, we had students outside and in,” he said. "We decided to start doing it indoors only to save on time and make things go smoother.”
ETBU kinesiology students have been integral to the event’s continued success; the students are in charge of overseeing the numerous activities WECC children partake in. Walker explained that the students are graded on their participation.
"This gives our students the opportunity to teach the younger students and it allows us to reach out and work with our local schools to give them the chance to have students involved in physical activity,” he said. "Our students lead the activities. These days I tell them what to do and watch as they work with the kids.”
Seven stations were set up for the WECC students to participate in with activities ranging from tricycle riding to an obstacle course. WECC sent two groups of students to ETBU at separate times to lighten the load. Parents and WECC staff also got involved.
"We had eight parents with us in the earlier class and seven in the later,” Fisher said. "I go every year, I love it. I get a chance to walk around and have some fun with our students.”
Fisher explained that as a center for pre-school children, WECC does not have a standard physical education period. Part of the field day’s goal was to allow kids to get active and help build an early love for physical activity.
"Physical education is important,” Walker said. "The sooner people establish a like for physical activity the better. They’re more likely to be active and healthy. When people don’t like being active, they stop doing physical activity and that’s where the bad effects begin to snowball.”
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