A collaboration with area schools and service organizations allows West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences students to provide physical activity for individuals with special needs. This arrangement started during the 2020 fall semester as an alternate experience for the Friday Adapted Physical Education Program, which could not be held due to the pandemic, and will continue through the 2021 spring semester
CPASS students worked with SteppingStones conducting in-person lessons and through virtual adapted classes at Mylan Park Elementary School. CPASS students created pre-recorded activities housed in a resource library for use by Monongalia County Schools.
The Physical Education and Kinesiology majors are enrolled in the PET 477 course, instructed by Andrea Taliaferro, CPASS associate professor. Taliaferro established the collaborative effort with SteppingStones, Monongalia County Schools and Active Academics.
The PEK majors partnered with Active Academics to create pre-recorded “how to” videos for making adaptations and modifications to Active Academics activities, available on their website.
Taliaferro says the school and community partners allow the Physical Education and Kinesiology students to grow real life know-how. “Our community and school partners helped find creative ways to provide students with opportunities to gain teaching involvement during these times. These partnerships have allowed my PEK majors to leverage valuable experience providing quality physical education and physical activity to individuals of all abilities to help prepare them for their future careers,” Taliaferro said.