Presentation on theme: "Builders of Tomorrow: Mobilizing Students to Serve"— Presentation transcript:
1 Builders of Tomorrow: Mobilizing Students to Serve Fighting Childhood Obesity and Improving High School Graduation Rates through service learningPresentersAlta Mae Marvin, Clemson ExtensionTammy Malone, Colleton County Middle SchoolTiffany Stivender, Colleton County Middle SchoolThe Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, martial and family status and is an equal opportunity employer. Clemson University Cooperating with U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Carolina Counties, Extension Service, S.C. Issued in Furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914
2 Who Are We?Clemson Extension in Colleton County, South Carolina has partnered with the Colleton County School District and Eat Smart Move More Colleton County on a Learn & Serve South Carolina Grant engaging 500 middle school students to fight childhood obesity while promoting healthier lifestyles and exercise.
3 Who Are We?Clemson University is a land grant university with Cooperative Extension offices in all 46 counties in South Carolina.Colleton County is located in the lowcountry of South Carolina between Charleston and Beaufort Counties and is a rural county with a population of just under 40,000. The unemployment rate is 9.5% with 28.9% living below the poverty level. The drop out rates in the county average 47% creating a financial impact as well as a deficiency in a workforce trained to meet the demands of the 21st Century workplace.
4 Who Are We?Builders of Tomorrow is focused on academic achievement and drop-out prevention through youth development such as leadership, team building, job readiness skills, and civic engagement through service learning. Clemson Extension Agent, Alta Mae Marvin directs the program and works for Clemson’s Institute on Economic and Community Development.
5 FundingLearn & Serve South Carolina receives funding from the National Corporation for National and Community Service. The required funding match is mostly provided by Clemson University but our community partners provide in-kind funding.
6 The NeedObesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. If obesity rates continue to rise, this will be the first generation of children who do not live as long as their parents. Obesity costs in South Carolina have now exceeded one billion dollars.
7 The Need An estimate of overweight and obese individuals in Colleton County is 72.3% compared to thestate average of 66%.While the service learning projects will directly address obesity, the combination of academics and service will teach life skills and improve the students’ connectivity to school and community.
8 South Carolina Statistics The statistics are startling, according to South Carolina DHEC:31.5% of S.C. high school students are overweight or obese.Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.If current trends continue, 30% of boys and 40% of girls born in 2000 will develop Type 2 Diabetes, primarily due to a poor diet and lack of physical activity.
9 South Carolina Statistics Only 20% of middle school students and 17.1% of high school students eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per dayOf high school students in S.C., 62% do not meet recommended levels of physical activity.South Carolina leads the nation in the percentage of children (54.5%) who do not participate in after-school team sports or lessons.
10 Local StatisticsIn 2007, 72.3% of adults in Colleton County were overweight or obese34% of residents were physically inactive, the 3rd highest rate in the state72.6% of Colleton’s middle schoolstudents children are overweightor obese; the national averageis 33.6%
11 The SolutionPartnering with Eat Smart Move More Colleton County, a Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Eat Smart Move More South Carolina initiative, we have engaged 500 middle school students in developing service learning projects focused on increasing awareness of childhood obesity, healthy lifestyles, and eating smart and moving more.
12 The SolutionParticipating students are investing time in preparation, training on service learning, and other skills needed for highly qualified service learning projects. Students are researching facts on obesity, healthy lifestyles, exercise and statistics and impact on long range health. Combining their training and research, students are providing education and service to other students and out in the community.
13 6th, 7th & 8th Grade students Our Students6th, 7th & 8th Grade students80% Receive Free or Reduced Lunch50% African American47% White3% Other
14 Colleton County Middle School Our TeachersColleton County Middle SchoolWilliam Dixon, Assist. Superintendent of EducationScott Matthews, PrincipalTammy Malone, Lead TeacherTiffany Stivender, Evaluation & StatisticsAnita GreenDavid NayRyan PearsonFelicia MillenLorna TriplettLori AdamsMarcia SpainhourBradley Brewer
15 Service Learning Activities Walterboro Christmas ParadeWalterboro Martin Luther King Jr. ParadeFlyers promoting healthy eating habits and exercise tipsRecipe cards with healthy choicesDaily exercisesRunning teamsChants and SongsCATCH
16 Christmas ParadeStudents marched in the December 4th Christmas Parade handing out information on Eat Smart Move More.
17 MLK Day ParadeAs part of the Learn & Serve Grant, students are required to participate in an MLK service project. Our students marched in the MLK Parade and won a 1st Place Trophy. Students carried banners, shouted chants, handed out healthy recipes, and some students wore fruit and vegetable costumes.
18 Eating Healthy Information Mrs. Adams’ students researched healthy eating habits, with that information they created:Flyers with Healthy TipsHealthy RecipesThese flyers and recipes were handed out at the MLK ParadeThese flyers will be handed out at the Rice Festival
19 Daily ExercisesStudents encouraged the principal to have “Exercise of the Day”.Each morning, Mr. Matthews, CCMS principal, leads the school in a 30 second exercise.Mr. Matthews leads the students in a 7th Period Stretch Exercise.The exercises are meant to get blood flowingSimple exercises like balancing on one leg, twisting at the waist, reaching for apples, etcHealthy tips for eating are part of the Friday morning announcements.
20 CATCHDuring Ms. Malone’s PE class, students take part in CATCH (Comprehensive Approach to Childhood Health). Part of the health program teaches students to look at foods as GO, SLOW, or WHOA foods in making healthy choices at school and at home.Health curriculumGuest Speakers
21 Chants and SongsMr. Nay, the music teacher, works with students to create chants and songs for parades and other public events. The chants help inform the audience of our mission.“When I say Eat you say More!Eat!” “More!” “Eat!” “More!”“Lets go H2O! Lets go H2O! Lets go H2O!”“I have a dream…to be lean!”“Less Bacon, More Shakin!”
22 Biking EventsStudents worked with ESMMCC on a Bike Rodeo to teach very young children biking safety. Students work with Downtown Walterboro Criterium on hosting a children’s bike Race
23 Upcoming Events Relay for Life Facebook Page Colleton County Rice Festival ParadeChildren’s Race for Downtown Walterboro Criterium Professional Bike RaceRice Run/WalkSIC/PTO PerformancesSchool Board Meeting PerformancesESMMCC Community Evaluation Project
24 Community EvaluationStudents will be working with staff from the University of South Carolina’s Center for Health Services & Policy Research on community evaluation of the impact of Eat Smart Move More Colleton County (ESMMCC) in the community.Students will be trainedStudents will develop questionsStudents will conduct community surveysStudents will analyze dataStudents will report data to ESMMCC
25 Running TeamsMs. Stivender’s team is signing up to participate in the Rice Run/Walk during Colleton County’s Rice FestivalMr. Matthews, CCMS Principal, has also said he is personally participating and has challenged the rest of the faculty do participate.
26 Relay for LifeThe big event for the students is the Colleton County Relay for Life. CCMS Learn & Serve teachers and students have signed up as a team.This is our culminating event:Students will be researching the impact of exercise and food on fighting cancerStudents will be walking in the Relay for LifeStudents will be passing out information
27 OutcomesDuring academic year, students completed 23,475 hours of Learning, Service, Reflection and Evaluation. Students completed 5,499 hours of direct service to other students and in the community.
28 Students Reported on Evaluation OutcomesStudents Reported on Evaluation87% Knowledge of civic engagement increased71% Grades improved because of service projects72% Improved self esteem86% Learned useful skills
29 OutcomesTeachers Reported on Impact on Students 87% of students showed improved connection to community 100% of students became better citizens
30 Community Partners Colleton County School District Corporation for National & Community ServiceSC Department of EducationEat Smart Move More Colleton CountyColleton County & County CouncilKeep Colleton Beautiful,Walterboro- Colleton Chamber of CommercePalmetto ProjectDowntown Walterboro CriteriumLowcountry AHECUniversity of South Carolina’s Center for Health Services & Policy Research
31 Questions and Discussion Thank you for your time and interest,Alta Mae MarvinTammy MaloneTiffany Stivender