After nearly an hour of working with words, playing Simon Says and receiving some appreciative hugs, a group of women's volleyball players wrapped up another year of Lakeland College athletes volunteering in Sheboygan elementary schools to help students learn.
Lakeland athletic teams are paired up with specific schools by the Sheboygan Area School District. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County is also a partner in the program, which just completed its second year.
The Lakeland student-athletes work with individuals or small groups of children, often giving them additional work and support in whatever subjects they need some extra help with.
Thursday, four Lakeland volleyball players – sophomores Shaina Carlson, Jenna Ward, Kathy Flanagan and Ashley Hough (who is also a Lakeland softball player) – spent time at Sheridan Elementary in Sheboygan.
It's the second year the Lakeland volleyball team has been paired with Sheridan, and the two groups have formed a special bond. At Sheridan's recent volunteer recognition banquet, members of the team were invited and given awards.
Learn more about Lakeland's Women's Volleyball program here.
The Muskies primarily spent time this year working with first grade students of Sara Gigot and second grade students of Sarah Ward. Gigot and Ward both teach dual language classes, meaning their class is made up of native English and Spanish speakers, and the children receive instruction in each language each day.
Thursday, the Lakeland volunteers helped the first-graders learn words for colors and body parts before joining the class for a game of Simon Says in Spanish.
The college plans on taking part in the program for a third year when students return in August for the new academic year.