Greenville schools gets grant aimed at motor skills

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 2:08 pm on Monday, October 15, 2012

Students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School worked at the construction station in the newly remodeled motor skills room at the elementary school. From left to right Jillian Grant, 5, Mariah Nieman, 6, Sullivan Witt, 6, and Cole Braman, 5. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Two Greenville Public Schools employees worked together to write a grant that benefited all four Greenville elementary schools.

During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, the board received news regarding a grant Lincoln Heights Elementary School teachers Robin Heather and Amy Sullivan wrote for a makeover at all the extreme motor skills facilities.

“It’s nice to see the room used how they are supposed to be,” said Superintendent Pete Haines.

The extreme motor skills makeover added upgrades worth $6,200, which is being put to use to help students through creative play.

At Lincoln Heights Elementary School, the motor skills room only consisted of a few items such as a swing, balance beam, hula hoop and a small trampoline.

Now it resembles the look of the Grand Rapids Children’s museum with interactive centers and stations including a post office, dramatic play, fine motor manipulatives, construction zone, sensory table, miniature classroom, Lego and gears table and market stand.

“It’s not always about pencil and paper tests,” said Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Michelle Blaszczynski noting, the students can be tested by how well they do the activities.

The newly remodeled motors skills room at Lincoln Heights Elementary School has a cabinet full of items for the students to use such as vegetables to sell at the market station, chopsticks to move an item from one place to another, games, cash registers and more. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Kindergarten Teacher Brenda Jones said when the students are working at the stations, the groups are smaller because of the number of stations in the motor skills room

“We get to do more one on one with the students,” Jones said. “The students love it too.”

Blaszczynski said the upgrade has been a great asset to the schools and Heather and Sullivan did a great job putting it together.

“These are skills we don’t want to lose,” Blaszczynski said, of the extreme motor skills makeover.

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