The tutors in Pike Township welcomed Jay Horan and Tiffany Talbert, facilitators from the Peace Learning Center at Eagle Creek Park, who explained the need for helping students understand ways to cope with conflict. Now more than ever the topic “Social and Emotional Wellbeing for our Students” is timely and relevant. The Peace Learning lessons focused on ways to help students examine their feelings, anxiety and stress, and more importantly discover ways to calm themselves.
A series of books and lessons were introduced to the Pike tutors. As we heard about each book, we learned about helping students use techniques such as breathing, checking in for feelings, discussing positive thoughts and practicing the process to relax. The tutors will be able to utilize these books and lessons on positive thoughts, uniqueness, peacefulness and beauty of self. One of our favorites is the book, "Elmer," which is about an elephant. Elmer learns he has special qualities as he makes new friends.
Coordinator of Pike Township, Mary McDonald, shared that Pike Township has purchased multiple copies of each of the books which were highlighted by Peace Learning. These will be available to use with students immediately.
Great North Run
Recently Oasis was invited to take part in a fitness fair in Washington Township. We shared information about two of our programs: Healthy Habits and the Intergenerational Tutoring program at our booth.
More than 2000 participants took place in the Great North Run which promoted healthy living and education. Families and staff members either ran or walked in one of three races which included the 5 K, 10 K or Family Fun race.
After the races there were many fun and engaging activities inside the gyms in which children could practice mini tennis, cycling, jump roping or a variety of other games.
At our booth children of all ages practiced walking on monster feet. Barb Ralston, Joyce Buntin and Barb King who represented Oasis spent the morning disseminating information about the benefits of becoming an Oasis member and life-long learner in order to thrive and stay healthy through our lives.
We thank Washington Township for the opportunity to promote our programs and appreciate our community partnership with them.