first_imgStudents build Minecraft towers during Ocean City Primary School’s event, “Get Off Your Apps.” (photos by Lesley Graham) By Lesley GrahamIn the game app Fruit Ninja, players use their finger to swipe a variety of fruits that pop up across the screen of a phone, iPad or tablet.Until Tuesday night, that is.Fruit Ninja and other popular video game apps came to life at Ocean City Primary School thanks to first grade teacher, Carrie Merritt.Merritt, the Cape May County Teacher of the Year, was awarded a grant from the National PTA to get kids up and moving.Ocean City was one of 15 schools awarded the “Get Off Your Apps” physical activity grant.Students participate in the Minecraft station.Merritt incorporates physical activity and movement into her every day classroom activities, and Tuesday’s event was no different.Cathleen Smith, the Ocean City Primary School principal, said Merritt is a very energetic teacher.“She brings innovate ideas with a healthy twist to bring families together learning healthy ways to get up and get moving,” Smith said.“I teach in a very thematic way, so my brain went to incorporating the apps into the activities.  Everything tonight is stations in which they will bring video games and apps to life,” Merritt said.There were 10 different stations featuring games such as Mario Kart, Angry Birds, Minecraft and others.A student runs through the Super Mario obstacle course.Kindergarteners and first graders enjoyed the stations from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., while second and third graders played from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.The stations were manned by Ocean City High School students who said they enjoyed their time volunteering for the night.Megan Cowan, a ninth grader at the high school, was stationed at Pac Man.“The world revolves so much around social media and screens that it’s important to remember to have face to face interactions. That is what tonight is all about,” Cowan said.Not only did the kids enjoy their favorite video games coming to life, but parents were encouraged to get involved as well.Shannon McAllister and her son, Brayden, who is in the first grade, had fun at the stations.“I liked Minecraft the best because I like to build things,” said Brayden, as he stood over his giant tower. “And knock them down.”His mother said, “I knew he would have a blast. It was a great opportunity for him to see the games he plays come to life.”Parent Erica Schaffer runs through the Mario obstacle course.Erica Schaffer, a mother of three, brought her children for the family-night out to reinforce that life is so much more than just screens.As a former physical education teacher herself, she said she believes it’s critical to be more active and do things every day that not only involve physical activity, but brain power as well.“It was great to see them create their own video game,” Schaffer said. Her son, Leo Schaffer, a kindergartner, enjoyed Fruit Ninja the best, because he likes fruit.  But also, more importantly, likes being a ninja. “It was an awesome opportunity and activity for the entire family,” said Tameka McKeiver. Her children, Zy’Rainalyn Rogers, 7, Raymond Rogers II, 5, and Kambriella Rogers, 4, enjoyed the stations set up around the gym.  Student Zy’Rainalyn Rogers flips burgers in “Fly Burger.”“I try to set good examples for them,” McKeiver said. “We eat healthy and stay active, so it’s always nice when the school reiterates those same qualities we teach at home.”Merritt said she hoped the event would encourage everyone to come together as a community and see the benefit of physical movement.  “Movement is a big part of my teaching practice. I really believe integrating movement into the classroom boosts cognitive power,” she said in between running to different stations. “It really helps motivate students to learn. But tonight, it’s all about how movement can be fun, fitness can be fun.” Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor called Merritt a creative, innovative and energetic teacher.  “I am so proud of Carrie,” said Taylor, who attended the program. “She was one of my first hires and it has been a pleasure to watch her blossom into an amazing teacher, with such an amazing event.”last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Kyrah Klika’s family went through financial hardships when she was in high school, and she later struggled to work her way through college.Now, the Chippewa Falls Vice President at $1.2 billion asset WESTconsin Credit Union in Menomonie, Wis., is assisting those who face similar challenges by bringing awareness to poverty in the community and promoting affordable credit union services.“I wanted to bring light to this because we see poverty everywhere. It does describe some of our membership—those who we run into every day at the grocery store. Those are people who are living and working around us,” Klika tells the CUNA News Podcast. continue reading »last_img

first_imgGhana midfielder, Joseph Attamah Larweh, has joined Çaykur Rizespor from Istanbul Basaksehir on a season-long loan.The deal was announced by Rizespor on Thursday after formalities were completed by the two clubs.Larweh struggled to get regular game time at Basaksehir last season as he made 11 appearances (7 starts and 4 from the bench) compared to the 25 and 15 he got in his first two seasons at the club.Rizespor finished 11th in last season’s Turkish Super League and their expectations are that Attamah Larweh will be a good value to them as it is very likely that he will get to feature more prominently.Attamah was part of Ghana’s 2019 AFCON team but did not feature in any of the team’s matches in their run to the quarter finals.last_img

first_imgCNOOC Gas and Power Group and BG International Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding. Now a joint study is planned for a plant that would have the ability to export 21 million to 29 million tons of super cooled gas every year. In 2013 BG filed plans with Canadian regulators for a proposed $16 billion natural gas export terminal at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, which would be  capable of processing up to 2.9 billion cubic feet of gas a day, or 21.6 million tons per year. It has partnered with Spectra Energy on a pipeline that would go to the coast.- Advertisement –last_img

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa: The Frenchman is available on a free transfer this summer Chelsea have joined Liverpool in the race for former Newcastle United flop Hatem Ben Arfa.The playmaker left St. James’ Park in January 2015, but he has been a huge success for Nice this season.The Frenchman has 17 goals to his name and he has earned a recall to the France squad ahead of Euro 2016.Liverpool are interested in Ben Arfa but, according to L’Equipe, they now face competition from Chelsea.Both clubs have been alerted to the fact that the 29-year-old is available for free in the summer, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.However, Chelsea and Liverpool are likely to also face strong competition from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img

first_imgDeclan Bonner will have some talking to do at half-time as his side trail Derry by TWO points at half time in the Ulster MFC semi-final. Donegal have been poor in the opening half and Derry are full value for their two point half-time.Derry have dominated the middle sector and have used that dominance as a platform to launch attacks.Donegal started slowly in their victories over both Tyrone and Armagh and Donegal supporters will be hoping they can blow Derry away with another improved second-half display. Donegal have quality all over the pitch and have strength and depth on the bench.Bonner may utilize the options available to him to give Donegal an extra kick in the second-half.Half-time score Derry 0-05 Donegal 0-03 ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL: DONEGAL TRAIL DERRY BY TWO POINTS AT HALF-TIME was last modified: June 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerrydonegalGAAnewsSportUlster MFClast_img read more