May 1, 2013 | 943 views
A healthy way for children to learn
Valley Stream’s elementary school students are learning how to stay to healthy and fit. But this important lesson isn’t coming from their teachers, it’s coming from other students.
Through a partnership of the four Valley Stream districts, high school students have been visiting second-grade classes at the 10 elementary buildings, talking about eating right and exercising.
A team of students from North High School have been training their younger counterparts in District 13. Central High’s wellness trainers have been assigned to District 30 schools, and South students have visited District 24’s three schools.
On April 5, Central’s team of student athletes hit up all three District 30 schools in one day. “It was a lot of fun and very interesting watching the kids learn,” said junior Brianna Ricotta. “Us being the teachers gained us respect for our teachers.”
Ricotta, a volleyball and lacrosse player, added that she and her classmates want students to enter Central High School fit and healthy so they can play sports themselves.
Students from Central were chosen from SCORE, a scholar athlete group. Dan Tronolone, the group’s advisor, said he was proud of how well the group of 16 students did in preparing a program for the elementary school students. “They pretty much just took it and ran with it,” he said. “Kids teaching kids is a great way to get things accomplished.”
The second-graders were broken up into smaller groups and visited various stations run by the high schoolers. Topics included healthy snacks, food labels and advertising, and staying active. The elementary children learned simple exercises they could do at home with either no equipment or common household items.
While this was Central’s first year participating in the peer wellness training program, it was the second year for North and South. Franco Visone, advisor to the Athletic Honor Society at South, chooses his trainers. “I looked in my own organization and selected students I thought would be good teachers and are interested in health,” he said.