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Photo Gallery Easy and Affordable. Available 24/7. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 October 9, 2013 Find photos of local sports, events, celebrations, plus more! MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Thousands of photos to choose from at Teacher uses stability balls in class Ruth Hill instructor creatively channels students’ energy By Celia Shortt Fi rst- g raders h ave a lot of energy, and Ruth Hill Elementary first grade teacher Rebecca Craver has found a creative way to help channel that energy — her students use stability balls instead of chairs. “I have 24 kids in here, and every student is with me,” she said. “These balls engage them so much better than a chair.” Craver initially discovered this use of stability balls while researching alternative ways to help attention issues in the classroom. Her research led her to the company WittFitt, which was founded by a former teacher and focuses on learning in motion and integrating stability balls in the classroom. Craver attended training classes offered by WittFitt. Once the classes were completed, she brought the balls into the classroom, beginning the new concept about a month after school began. “I made sure the kids understood these were not bouncy balls, they were chairs,” she said. “They had to earn the right to sit on them.” Mrs. Craver’s first graders enjoy using stability balls in the classroom. Pictured here from left are, Jamari Freeman, Isabelle Sexton, and Jordan Crumbley. Not surprisingly, Craver’s students have come to love the alternative to the typical classroom chair. Lily Mayner thinks they are better than chairs because she can bounce on them and it forces her to sit “straight up.” Her favorite part is when Mrs. Craver plays songs during free time, allowing the children to bounce a little while sitting on the balls. Jada Wilkes also likes being able to bounce with the balls. “I like to bounce,” she said. “We can do exercise on them. She (Mrs. Craver) puts on music, and we can bounce a little.” The kids also have rules for using the balls. First, their feet have to be on the floor at all times. Second, their bottoms have to be on the ball. Third, their backs have to be straight. Last, they are asked to look on STABILITY BALLS, page 5 PhotoS By Celia Shortt Ruth Hill first-grader Jada Wilkes thinks using stabillity balls in class is “awesome.” Culinary Creations by (and for) Familes Family Features Encouraging kids to get creative in the kitchen is a fun way to make great memories, meals and moments together. Peaunt butter and Hazelnut spreads have inspired parents to creatively collabo­rate with their kids for generations. Treat your family with the delicious recipes listed here and on page 5. Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta Makes: 1 Sandwich Sauce: Original No-Stick Cooking spray 2 tablespoons minced onion 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread 1/3 cup condensed tomato soup Juice of half a lime (about 2 tablespoons) 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro 1/4 cup chopped green chili peppers Sandwich: 3/4 cup pulled rotisserie chicken, heated 1 bolillo roll, sliced lengthwise 1 slice Monterey Jack cheese, halved 3 avocado slices 1/2 cup thinly sliced lettuce 1/8 cup chopped tomato Dollop of sour cream (optional) 1. SPRAY small sauce pot generously with no-stick cooking spray; sauté minced onion and garlic over medium-high heat until tender. 2. STIR in spread, tomato soup, lime juice, cumin, cilantro and green chili peppers. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. REMOVE sauce from heat. Toss half the sauce with pulled chicken; place mixture on bottom half of roll. 4. TOP with cheese slices and place sandwich open-faced under toaster oven or broiler for 2 to 3 minutes until cheese melts. Remove sandwich from oven, and place sliced avocado on top of melted cheese. 5. ADD lettuce, tomatoes, dollop of sour cream (optional) and top half of roll. Use remaining sauce as extra or to make another sandwich. Photo by Winston Skinner Peanut Butter Pear-ot Makes: 2 Sandwiches 2 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter 1 pear, shredded 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 celery stalk, sliced thin 1/4 cup dried cranberries 2 whole wheat flatbread wraps 2 tablespoons Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread 1 teaspoon chopped dry roasted peanuts 1. MIX peanut butter, pear, carrot, celery and dried cranberries in medium bowl. 2. DIVIDE mixture between two flatbread wraps. Wrap snugly. Cut each wrap in half. 3. SPREAD hazelnut spread on cut halves of wraps, and sprinkle on chopped peanuts. 4. PREPARE to delight your taste buds. Don’t forget to share with a friend. Shamika Hines and her daughter, Shaderecka Grier, have their pink T-shirts and are ready to take part in the walk-a-thon in Luthersville. Benefit for kidney patient Walk-A-Thon brings friends together Next fundraiser scheduled for October 19 By W. Winston Skinner Shaderecka Grier loves pink, likes to blow bubbles and has a yen for books about Spongebob Squarepants. The 7-year-old second-grader sings in the Sunbeam Choir and is part of the Praise Dance team at Zion Hill Baptist Church near Luthersville. Shaderecka has lots of family and friends who love her — and she needs a new kidney. About 75 people came to the Luthersville Municipal Complex on Sept. 19 to take part in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for Shaderecka’s kidney transplant. Shaderecka’s mother Shamika Hines will be donating one of her kidneys. Mother and daughter both took part in the walking event, both sporting pink T-shirts. Shaderecka explained that BENEFIT, page 6

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