UNI students help out with Kindergym

March 2, 2005

Karyn Finn, Kindergym coordinator, (319) 273-3066 or Karyn.Finn@uni.edu
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of University of Northern Iowa students is gaining valuable experience working with young children through Kindergym, a Saturday morning, parent and child physical activity program for preschool children two to five years old.

____(Name)___ , a ___(classification and major)___ major from ___(Hometown) , is part of the student team.

The students also are paired with a preschool teacher from the field who is participating in Kindergym as part of a workshop called 'Project PLAY (Preschool Lessons for Active Youngsters).' Kindergym and 'Project PLAY' are sponsored by the Youth Fitness & Obesity Institute at UNI.

For the second year in a row, 80 children enrolled, which is the maximum capacity for the program, now in its 20th year. Karyn Finn, UNI Kindergym coordinator, said the program relies on the UNI students for their leadership and enthusiasm.

For more information about the Kindergym program, contact Karyn Finn at Karyn.Finn@uni.edu.