WILLIAMSBURG, KY- On Friday February 24th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) student teachers at Whitley County Intermediate School, Alyssa Burke (Corbin, KY), Alicia Smith (Williamsburg, KY), Jessica Stanfill (Williamsburg, KY), Jessica Wimmers (Bellevue, KY), Susanna Wyatt (Williamsburg, KY), and Mallory Mathena (Latonia, KY), hosted a fitness seminar to promote health awareness to the third-sixth grade students. They were assisted by Heath Davis and Tori Henderson.
This fitness seminar was part of the leadership project that all student teachers must partake in to finish their student teaching assignment. In addition to the assistance received by staff at WCIS, the student teachers received help from several members of the UC football team. They included Jacob Lowe (Williamsburg, KY), Jeremy Gardner (Frankfort, KY), Colby Hitchcock (Loganville, GA), Airion Britt (Statesboro, GA), Brad Ramsey (Morristown, TN), Charles Colbert (Warner Robbins, GA), Jared Stippert (Clearwater, FL), Ryan Northcutt (Atlanta, GA), LaDeremy Felder (Rome, GA), Troy Arnold (Jacksboro, TN), Stephen Wells (LaFollette, TN), Phillip Wells (LaFollette, TN), Zach Stroub (Mt. Sterling, KY), Ryan Berry (Sardinia, OH) and Coach Boyd Fornash.
“It is cool that they care about us being healthy,” said third grader KC Brashear as he began his station work.
Several different stations were set up to teach children that exercise and healthy eating are important for brain development and for a healthy heart. The stations included information and exercise tips about correct stretching techniques, good eating habits, the proper way to perform push-ups and planks followed by crunches and cardio, and wrapping up with a cool down station. All the classes participated and thoroughly enjoyed being with all the players and teachers.
“I appreciate the UC football players taking the time to volunteer and be role models for our students, it is very beneficial for them to be around these athletes,” said third grade teacher Mrs. Susie Brashear. “As a teacher, I enjoy the players being at our school, they always demonstrate kindness, respect, and motivation to our students and staff.”