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Students learn coordination through stacking cups

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nine-year-old Forest Park Elementary School student Luke Everhart practices cup stacking Thursday at the school. Luke is the son of Michelle and Daniel Everhart. [Order this photo]
A program designed to improve children's hand and eye coordination kept the students focused at Forest Park Elementary School Thursday.

Recently, Teresa Akers and other teachers attended a conference in Indianapolis geared around physical education.

One of the programs they found most interesting was "Sports Stacking," or stacking cups.

The teachers enjoyed the program so much they decided to implement it with Clay Community Schools elementary students.

"This is fun for all ages," Akers said. "It's very challenging. They're very motivated by this."

During P.E. class Thursday, Forest Park students went through a series of exercises aimed at improving hand and eye coordination.

For example, in one exercise, Akers told the students to place their cups down on the gymnasium floor. Then, they had to go back to their home base, which was based on a cup color.

From there, the students raced around the floor gathering their cups.

In another exercise, Akers had the students use six cups. They took three in their "strong hand," which Akers defined as their writing hand, and then picked up two with their other hand.

From there, the students had to stack the cups in a pyramid shape before sliding them back together.

Akers used the "Fitness Stacking Guide" to direct the exercises.

She said teachers received the guide at the conference.

After practicing stacking and sliding the cups, the students then had an opportunity to challenge themselves in a stacking contest.

Akers set up an area where the students had to stack 12 cups. Students who attempted the challenge were timed.

Akers said the students were attempting to set a Guinness World Record in sports stacking.

She said Guinness sent information asking if students wanted to be involved, and the school needed only 30 participants to take part.

"This is something kind of exciting and different," she said. "This works with their coordination, and it levels the playing field. Everybody is on the same basis."

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