Third-graders learn about wellness at Children's Wellness Days


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It was the $32,000 question, and third-graders from Hamilton Heights Elementary School were getting nervous.

"Out of 100 third-graders, how many use tobacco?" asked moderator Dave Delauter.

But there was no stumping the class. Students quickly eliminated the first three choices - 75, 25, and 50 - and settled on two children as their final answer.

As part of the Children's Wellness Days event this week that will draw 1,500 Franklin County third-graders, Delauter, a clinical specialist for respiratory care at Summit Health, put together a special version of the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," with questions focusing on tobacco.

The class won $250,000 before running out of time. There was, however, no check for the students.

"But with all the money you save by not smoking, you could be a millionaire one day," Delauter told one group.


This year, 34 schools participated in the annual wellness event, which is sponsored by Summit Health and Sprint with the help of dozens of community agencies.

The goal of the event, held at the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Family Life Center in Chambersburg on Tuesday, Wednesday and today, is to promote basic concepts of good health, said Bonnie Randall, project coordinator and office manager of Summit Health's Planning and Marketing Department.

Topics included healthy eating, exercise, anger management, positive identity, tobacco prevention, drug prevention and safety.

Organizers added future wellness to the list of categories this year to emphasize the number of possible health care careers.

Through a puppet show about a boy who broke his leg when he fell out of a tree, students learned about the jobs of a radiologist, an emergency medical technician and a physical therapist, in addition to doctors and nurses, Randall said.

"There is a growing shortage of health care workers in all aspects. They may not want to go to school for 12 years to become a doctor," she said.

Cortland Kennedy, 8, and Sara Markowitz, 9, third graders at Grandview Elementary School in Chambersburg, said the puppet show taught them about some new health workers, but they were fixed on the star puppet's injury and the cast he had to wear.

"It takes five, six or seven weeks for a broken bone to heal," Sara said.

Cortland said he was most impressed with learning that casts come in different colors, like the fluorescent green one made specially for the puppet.

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