The grant provides $498 for club members to create a "Fun on the Run" project for child care providers in Cayuga County. Directed by Patricia Gridley, assistant professor of early childhood at the college, members of the student club will design six themed learning activities and package the necessary materials in Fun on the Run bags. Using these prepared kits, preschoolers and their teachers can use puzzles, puppets, audiotapes, and handcrafts to explore shapes, bugs, transportation, farms, the sea, and colorful books by Eric Carle.
The students will visit local child care settings to provide the kits, explain their use, and rotate the themes among providers. The grant funding expires July 31, 2005, but Gridley, the club's faculty adviser, plans to continue the project in the future as an ongoing program.