Kindergarten students at Schultz Elementary School in Delaware will be completing their superhero training this week after an exercise to “rescue” puppies and kittens from an earthquake.
The “earthquake” did not measure on the Richter Scale but did leave the gym at Schultz filled with traffic cones, wrestling mats and boxes, and left 50 “puppies” and “kittens,” played by stuffed animals, trapped under the debris.
According to physical education teacher Kathy Horner, kindergartners at Schultz have been doing “superhero training” for the last three weeks and underwent an exercise boot camp and a nutrition lesson about healthy food and negative foods.
The superhero course is designed help students build strength and learn about health and teamwork.
The rescue mission was the last of the superhero lessons, and students had to search through the debris with their partner, find the stuffed animals, and then one partner would go get an “ambulance,” played by a scooter. One partner would comfort the stuffed animal, while the other partner pulled them to the hospital where fourth-graders with stethoscopes would “check out” the animals and make sure they were okay.
On hand to help the students were three firefighters from the City of Delaware Fire Department and School Resource Officer Larry Lucas. The volunteers teamed up with students to lift heavier objects and help find the stuffed animals.
Lucas said the exercise showed the students teamwork in action.
“It’s a collaborative team effort,” Lucas said. “Here at Schultz, the kids do a great job of working together. It’s really cool to see.”
Lucas said students get a sense of pride out of finding the animals, especially the student who located the final animal and earned applause from his classmates.
After all the animals were rescued, Horner told students they had earn their superhero titles and said they will be awarded superhero capes at a ceremony next Thursday.
“This was a team job,” Horner told the students. “Everyone had to do a little bit.”
Horner said it was important that students kept trying and not give up, even when there was only one animal left.
“That last one is thankful that we tried and didn’t give up,” Horner told the students. “It took the whole team.”
Horner said she wanted the exercise to promote teamwork, and she added the students have a superhero chant that encourages them to always try and never give up.
Before heading back to class, the students thanked the firefighters who helped them and Officer Lucas. Horner told the students that firefighters and police are “real-life superheroes” who will always help when they can.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.