August 29, 2014

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Isham hosts healthy ‘lock-in’ for fourth-graders

Wadsworth’s Isham Elementary fourth-graders got the have a sleepover at the school Friday night. It wasn’t just fun and games, though. The kids also learned about making healthy choices.

Principal Nance Watts said the school has been hosting the “lock-in” for 10 years to teach fourth-graders about healthy eating and positive living.

“We have an experience that helps them move to next level of maturity and understand that healthy living really is a choice,” she said.

The doors locked at 6 p.m. on about 90 students from three classrooms for a night of food and fun.

Isham Elementary students had several activities to choose from that promoted healthy living, like learning martial arts from Valley View Elementary Principal Paula Trenta, during a “lock-in” Friday night at their Wadsworth school. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE )

Isham Elementary students had several activities to choose from that promoted healthy living, like learning martial arts from Valley View Elementary Principal Paula Trenta, during a “lock-in” Friday night at their Wadsworth school. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE )

The evening included:

• a class on Internet safety taught by an Isham parent;

• a unicycle-riding juggler who talked about positive choices, good self-esteem and healthy interactions with fellow students;

• a workshop for healthy activities like yoga, dance and martial arts;

• arts and crafts with the principal herself, where students made a quilt while learning about good values and healthy living.

And forget about pizza: Students dined on fruits and vegetables with hummus.

Later in the night, they gathered for a class dance from 10 to 11 p.m. with plenty of games to keep the night’s theme going.

Then boys and girls were separated and got ready for bed.

But the night wasn’t over yet.

Watts turned out all the lights in the school and took the kids on a flashlight tour to learn where all of Isham’s ghosts might dwell.

“Our old school was 95 years old and it was great,” Watts said. “I’d take them to all the areas, in all the nooks and crannies, and tell them ‘if we had ghosts, this is where they’d be,” like in the boiler room or the administration building.”

The former Isham Elementary building was razed in July 2012, but Watts said the students enjoy the ghost tour just as well in the new building.

The event is different every year, Watts said, except for the ghost walk.

In past years members of Students Against Drunk Driving have come in to talk to the kids about avoiding drugs and living a clean life.

The boys and girls slept in separate areas under the watch of adult chaperones. They will wake up at 7:30 a.m. for a breakfast of juice and whole-wheat bagels. Every child also receives a “2014 Lock-In” T-shirt.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.