Wellness is an important concept here at S&S Worldwide. In fact, it is woven in our mission statement.For many years, our company has been promoting wellness through various initiatives such as the biometric screenings, flu shot clinics, and more recently with the on-site mammogram van. We also have access to the fitness center at no cost to employees. To continue to promote healthy lifestyles and well-being, the Wellness Committee was formed, comprised of employees from departments across the company.
This new Wellness Committee was tasked with improving the overall well-being of S&S employees through education, communication and execution. Some of the ways the committee plans to achieve this goal is through wellness challenges, seminars and webinars, planned programs and increased communication through a bi-monthly newsletter. Continue reading →
When you have an outdoor tennis unit in April, mother nature forces you indoors quite often for physical education classes.This makes you think outside the box when guiding your students to develop their tennis skills inside a gymnasium. At this years SHAPE National Convention, I was introduced to a game called PaddleZlam (@PaddleZlam). Justin Schleider, a physical education teacher, shared this game within the #physed Voxer group. This innovative educator brought a few sets with him for us to play during the SHAPE National Convention and within minutes we were hooked! This is such a fun, energetic and active game. I could not pass up the opportunity to share this game with others. Continue reading →
Field trips to the pool and pool parties are a big part of summer fun for kids. Although we have pool noodles and endless beach balls here at S&S, we wanted to help introduce you to some fun pool activity ideas that ensure everyone at the pool has a good time. We’ve even included activities to include children that don’t want to or are not ready to swim yet.
These activities were grouped together because they are easy to transport (field trips) and easy to store (most are inflatable).
The classic game of tic tac toe – but jumbo! With an oversized and inflatable game board and pieces, this game is perfect for the pool or the lawn. Play on teams of two, or one on one. Kids that are not swimming can also play outside of the pool or toss from the side of the pool. The pieces are also two colors, blue on one side and orange on the other.
Celebrate God with the 2017 VBS Themes! These are great for offering meaningful enrichment. Children can discover their faith with these inspirational and engaging themes. Learning has never been more fun with so many creative ways to play, craft, and decorate.
Castles & Fortresses
VBS Themes: Over the Moat & Mighty Fortress
These VBS themes both allow kids to use their imagination and visualize a medieval time. There are many lessons that can be taught using symbols like castles, fortresses, shields, and more. Teach children that even if they do not succeed, God is there to defend them and raise them up. He represents strength and love.
Here are some of our favorite VBS Castle Crafts and medieval decorations.
By James Doyle, National Afterschool Association Next Generation 2017 Award Winner
It’s an average Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh. I’m up and off to work early in order to prepare for the day I have in store. I work as the Out-of-School Time Coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools, overseeing a team of three District central office employees and a number of OST programs, partnerships, and initiatives for our over 25,000 student population.
“Out-of-School Time,” I think aloud to myself as I drive in to work this morning. “Ten years ago, I would have never thought I’d be doing the work I am today.”
As I continue my uneventful morning drive to the office, I ponder more about my journey that has led me to this point in life.
As a youth, I had always been fond of participating in activities outside of the regular school day: in Elementary and Middle School I had engaged in Science and Engineering clubs and camps; in High School and college I had participated in extracurricular writing and journalism activities. I never imagined, though, that a career path existed for those that managed these types of experiences, nor had I even heard the term ‘Out-of-School Time’ until much later in life! These experiences had always been characterized to me as, while beneficial in their own way, “extra” to my overall and much more important primary educational pathway including K-12, college, and graduate school. Continue reading →