William Woods Students Tell Preschool Children About Trees
|12/18/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Much to the delight of the Fulton Preschool children, members of the Knowing the Woods Club at William Woods University recently presented a program about trees.
The WWU students provided an educational program for the youngsters and read Lois Ehlert’s book, “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.”
After the reading, the preschoolers entertained the William Woods students by performing a song and dance about falling leaves. The WWU students then assisted the youngsters in drawing Christmas trees.
This was the third year members of Knowing the Woods presented a tree-related program to the youngsters as a service-learning project, and Lenhart said group members are looking forward to planning and participating in future events.
The project was a learning experience, not only for the preschoolers, but for the members of the Knowing the Woods Club, who learned that trying to get children at such a young age to understand why trees are so important to the environment and communities was a difficult task.
Involved in the project were Brittany Lenhart of Eureka, Mo., president, and club members Erica Begley of Hannibal, Mo.; Sadie Herrick of Washington, Mo.; Courtney Slotar of Simi Valley, Calif.; Elsa Stiles of Franklin, N.C.; and Katherine Wortmann of Mexico, Mo.
According to Sue Beaty, Fulton Preschool director, the children really enjoyed the presentation.
“The children enjoyed visiting with the college students,” she said. “They became more aware of what a gift trees are to us; that they provide more than shade and leaves to jump in during the fall.”
Brittany Lenhart reads “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf,” while Elsa Stiles and Darian Lightfoot hold up a larger version of the book for the children to see the illustrations.
Fulton Preschool students entertain WWU students with a song about falling leaves.
Abby Hansen proudly holds up her drawing of a Christmas tree.
Luke Holland reaches for another crayon to complete his drawing.