Theatre Games, Rabbits and Multiple Intelligences at Cash Elementary
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By Kim Underwood
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
APRIL 15, 2019 – On Friday, theatre-arts from East Forsyth High headed over the Cash Elementary to lead theatre games that focused on attention and memory.
Senior Riley Lafratta said she was glad to be there having fun teaching the Cash students something she enjoys doing herself.
Tiffany Buregess, who teaches theatre arts and technical theatre at East Forsyth, said she hoped the Cash students got a lot out of the experience.
“Hopefully, they will leave a memorable impact on the kids,” she said.
She thought the visit would come with fringe benefits for her students as well.
“I have a lot of students in this group who are aspiring teachers,” Burgess said.
The visit from the East Forsyth students was just one of many bonus activities that Multiple Intelligences Day was bringing to students at Cash.
Just down from where the East Forsyth students were working with students, Salvador Valencia, who is the head instructor at the TRU Taekwondo Center in Kernersville, was working with another group of students.
In the cafeteria, students were participating in the Hula Hoop Challenge.
Out in the parking lot, Officer K.R. Bowden of the Kernersville Police Department was talking with students and showing them what you might find inside a police car.
Pointing out his lunch box, he said. “I love my lunch box. That’s my favorite thing.”
In the media center, PTA president Christine Brown, parent volunteer Tracy Goins and others were hiding eggs filled with candy.
In one of the classrooms, students were making colorful eggs out of tissue paper. The list goes on – making jewelry, yoga, science experiments, using programs to make music.
With Multiple Intelligences being the theme at Cash, what better way to spend the final day of school before spring break than closing the books and embarking on activities that help students learn in different ways while having big fun?
“We’re hoping to give kids experiences they would not usually get in a traditional classroom setting,” said Adam Mitchell, who teaches music.
“We love that the community is supporting us in this effort,” said Michelle Lewis, who is a prek-kindergarten teacher for students with exceptional needs. “We are excited ...to collaborate together and share hands-on activities with students that encourage students in different ways of learning, whether it’s being art smart, interpersonal thinkers, bodily/kinesthetic smart, science smart, etc.”
Salvadore Valencia said that, while he had the students engaging in enjoyable movement activities, one of his goals was to encourage them to sharpen their ability to focus and to make sure to respect others.
Teacher Dana Hopper, who had joined her students in the activities, was all for moving and focusing.
“Plus, it’s fun,” Hopper said.
In the cafeteria, Thala Caruthers, the lead staff member for the Kernersville YMCA’s After School Academy, was leading the Hula Hoop Challenge, which required passing the hula hoop from one person to the next without using their hands.
While the students were having fun, she said, she hoped they were also learning to work as a team.
In second-grade teacher Ann Peeler’s class, Kaelie Leach was one of the second-graders creating colorful eggs out of tissue paper.
“It’s fun because you get to use your imagination with your creations,” Kaelie said.
Kaelie’s favorite candy to find in her basket at this time of year is Sweet Tarts. Second-grader Ethyn Watson is looking forward to finding some Reece’s Pieces in his basket.
PTA president Christine Brown has two children at Cash. Caitlyn is in the third grade, and Kayla is in the first grade. Tracy Goins’ son Coleman is in first grade. Parents had sent had 220 eggs filled with treats to school so Brown and Goins and the other volunteers had a lot to work with.
Brown was looking forward to the arrival of the students.
“It’s a fun time for them to get out of the classroom and do something fun with their friends,” she said.
When Goins was growing up, her basket would include jelly beans. So, although she is not normally a fan of jelly beans, they are a must on her basket wish list at this time of year.
“It’s the only time of year I go, ‘I have to have some,’” she said.
In Renee Kepner’s second-grade class, students were using construction paper and other supplies to create bunnies.
When Principal Alicia Bailey came in, second-grader Jody Baxwell-Shepard invited her to have her picture taken with him and his bunny.
Jody wasn’t sure what he was going to do with his bunny when they got home. Peyton Bredal, who is a fan of chocolate bunnies, knew exactly what she was going to do with hers.
“I’m going to put it in my room and hang it up,” she said.
Multiple Intelligences Day was going well for her.