This month’s Color Club focused on Heart Health as February is National Heart Health Month! We were so lucky to have volunteers from Hour of Change and a chef to help us learn about keeping our heart healthy in many ways!
Chef Bratschie talked with us about heart healthy foods, let us try tofu, and made some delicious guacamole using heart healthy avocados! The students asked good questions and weren’t afraid to try something new.
The Hour of Change volunteers ran us through a circuit training, complete with wall sits, planks, and battle rope exercises. Mr. Grandison led a “Hoops for Heart” station the encouraged teamwork and constant movement. Definitely got the blood pumping!
Your heart also helps power your brain, so one station got kids thinking and problem solving! Each grade level group had a challenge to make the tallest standing tower possible with only one or two types of materials. Two groups had marshmallows and dry spaghetti, one group had marshmallows and toothpicks, and one had just candy hearts! The tallest tower of the day was made by seventh grade and was 23 inches! It was great to see students engaging in this STEM challenge and work together so well!
Besides working our heart in the physical sense, we talked about keeping our heart healthy emotionally and spiritually. Students split up by grades to have a heart-focused bible study. 1st-4th read You Are Special by Max Lucado and talked about how it’s always more important what God thinks of you than what others think and how to build one another up. 5th-8th read Proverbs 4:23 which reads “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”. We talked about what guarding our hearts looks like and what it doesn’t look like. Students reflected on their tendencies with their heart - do they let too much in? Do they keep too much out? We discussed ways we can help guard our own hearts and not do harm to others’ hearts.
Students also had time to independently reflect on the things they love. Each student made some “Heart Art” by drawing a heart map of all they love. They drew a heart and could divide it into sections where they wrote or drew pictures of the things they love. In addition to that, we made a giant heart of all the things CWSCS loves!
Our Color Club was a great time of fellowship, community building, and learning about the importance of keeping our heart healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually!