Caring, community, challenge

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alan Mackey, a shipside support manager with Boeing, measures twice and cuts once while helping to construct the Summerville Elementary School fitness challenge course Saturday, September 14. Helping him is Patrick Wishall, a manufacturing engineer with Boeing.

At Summerville Elementary School caring and community came together this week to create a challenge course for fitness.
So You Think You Can Do It? Fitness Challenge Course is a contained challenge course that challenges agility, balance, hand/eye coordination, critical thinking, flexibility and offers aerobic exercise as well.
Dorchester District Two paid for the materials for the course and volunteers from Boeing and SES, under the guidance of Boeing’s Tasha Lester, project manager, installed the course on Saturday.
For every Boeing volunteer, a volunteer from SES was partnered. There were about 20 folks working hard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. creating the vision.
The vision is that of SES Principal Lori Dibble. The planning began in August and, according to school psychologist Micah Behrens, who is in charge of the SES portion of the project, this is the largest Day of Caring project ever.
The idea behind this is to keep students fit by offering multiple stations that include not only physical challenges but mental ones as well.
Volunteers were grouped into sub-teams, each building one or two stations following the design instructions. There are 10 stations as follows:
Warm up zoneMonkey businessBox jumpToss it inBunny hopWall climbTire runPuzzle zoneTarzan swingWalk the plankThe volunteers were given clear instructions for each station complete with top and front views, a photo, list of materials and exact sizes, tools needed and building instructions. In addition, each station has a sign describing what the station is for and how to use it.
This week, one of the volunteers returned to the school to discuss safety and explain to the students how each station is used.

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