With many New Year’s resolutions for folks, the students of Adairville kicked off the year with a resolution to better themselves both in school as well as personally. In an ongoing effort to connect to the outside resources of the area in order to enhance the educational exposure of its students, Adairville School hosted several visitors in January. A representative from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Conservation Department and a group called the Cardio Carnival each made stops at the school, affording the students of Adairville unique opportunities to learn in hands-on manners from outside sources.
The TVA visited Mrs. Carol Ann Dossett’s 4th and 5th grade science classrooms. During the presentation to all 4th and 5th graders at Adairville, students were able to learn about water conservation, water sampling, understanding of water quality testing as well as how water usage, conservation, and recreational use affects wildlife and natural habitats. Students were able to make connections to the Red River, which passes through Adairville and the majority of the Adairville school-zoned areas.
Students gained knowledge on the seasonal changes of the Red River as well as how industry, sports-recreation, and heavy rains or lack thereof can affect the river’s composition as well as the wildlife near the river. Further, students were able to learn about drinking water and purification processes as well as truths and misnomers of “clean water” claims. All in all, it was an excellent chance for students to learn of the importance of water conservation and gain an appreciation for the science of understanding water and its critical role in today’s agricultural and industrial world.
That wasn’t all the action that the 4th graders at Adairville were a part of. Mr. Kyle Yates saw his gym be taken over by the Cardio Carnival, a program offered through the Health Department, whose focus was aimed at promoting good health and healthy habits.
The carnival included three stations in which students spent a period of 12-15 minutes learning about the perils of tobacco, the benefits of physical activity, and the ins and outs of proper nutrition. At each station, students participated in a physical activity that accentuated the area they were learning about. Students ran, jumped, and raced as they learned about how tobacco can limit such activities, while also being coached on many aspects of physical activities that they could do outside the normal school hours of the day.
Topics like stretching, proper form, and understanding the correlations between heart rate, movement, and durations were discussed. Student activities varied in intensity and time so as to better help them understand how to pace for optimal physical conditioning. Diet and nutrition were also topics of discussion as students talked about the realities of many of their favorite treats as well as the benefits of healthy eating. The continual rotation from station to station kept the information fresh and all participants left with a greater understanding of ways in which to improve health.
Adairville School is always excited to partner with local community leaders and businesses to offer as many real-world experiences to our students as possible.