The teams:Greater Tampa Sertoman Club:President Larry Bane, Chris Crescioni-school coordinatorV.P. Sponsorship Mike Dickinson, Secretary George Jones Sertoma Tampa Bay District Governor: Jesse Brown
Seminole Elementary SchoolForth grade teachers Kilsys Garcia and Kelsys Batista USF grad students:Rachel Creel- grad student - presenterJennie Brand, Beth Priest and Vick Gonzalez
The class:33 very well behaved, attentive 4th grade students.
The students gathered in the auditorium and sat stage front watching and listening intently as Rachel Creel began her slide show presentation on 'Our Ears'. For some of these kids this may have been the first time they saw how the inner ear not only processes sounds but also how the semicircular canals provide our balance. The kids had quite a comprehensive review of how hearing works and they appeared to be taking it all in, including some of those very long names! The damage loud sounds can do to the hair cells in the cochlea was dramatized with the 'before/after' comparative photos. Rachel taught them that once the hairs are broken, they won't grow back. And once you loose your hearing you'll be sad because you'll miss hearing your friends or music. She asked the class questions such as 'how many of you have iPods?' and a forest of hands went up. And 'how many mow the yard?' Not quite as many. Then 'how many have been to a rock concert?' and the forest sprang back to life. She suggested using hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs. She concluded with Q & A asking what the basic terms were and rewarding those with the correct answer with a 'good job!'
The teachers and the USF team then divided the class into four groups for more one-on-one interaction. The classess did a word search game looking for hearing and hearing loss words in a jumbled list. The Sertoma members provided giveaway kits with the bags promoting SERTOMA SAFEEARS and which contained a package of ear plugs, a 'To Do' list pad, and a 'How Loud is Too Loud' bookmarker. The kids were shown how to put the earplugs into their ears and they were excited to try out the earplugs, busy mashing them so they could fit them in their ears.