Over the past several months The Little Gym of Glen Allen and Soles4Souls have turned to the people of Glen Allen and nearby Northern Virginia communities to help collect shoes for children in need. The shoes were shipped last week and a whopping 8,250 shoes were collected locally!
The Little Gym of Glen Allen franchise owner, Chad Mussmon, his family and local community members, packaged, box-up and loaded the truck with the donated shoes. Mr. Mussmon then delivered the truck filled with shoes to New Jersey, where Soles4Souls leaders were waiting to collect the shoes and distribute the donated shoes across the world to people in need!
The Little Gym of Glen Allen owner, Chad Mussmon was quoted saying, “It’s not only great to see how many people have come out to donate shoes over the past few months, but it’s really awesome to see the children helping package and transport the shoes – they really get an understanding of why donating to others is so important.”
The Little Gym International and Soles4Souls teamed up nationwide. The total number of shoes collected across the nation was a little over 42,000 pairs of shoes. The collected shoes will protect children from harsh conditions, disease and enable them to attend school as well.
Thanks to the community members who donated shoes or helped box and ship them to the children in need!
Are you ready to skip the bug spray this summer and just enjoy fun physical activities in the gym, crafts, games and even welcome special visitors -- from Firefighters to superheroes to puppies -- each day your little one joins us for an awesome camp will be a new and exciting experience!
Summer camp can be a big step for the little ones in our lives, that's why The Little Gym of Glen Allen offers half day and day camps that you can take for the day, multiple days or even the week! We have a variety of camp themes that will put huge smiles on everyone's face!
Whether you are looking for a fun carnival theme, visits from firefighters, policemen and even the occasional puppy, turtle or snake, then check out our summer camp schedule online or give us a call at 804-266-7700.
Children learn in many different ways. One of the ways that continues to prove to be extremely beneficial to young children and toddlers are movement based classes. Below is an excerpt from a website, "Sparkpe.org," regarding the benefits of toddler and parent/child classes and how it postively effects a child's growth and development.
"Children have many opportunities to learn through movement. One area that young children respond particularly well to is using music and rhythm to teach other developmental skills. Listening to the different rhythms of music and asking children to respond to what they hear through movement can integrate music education, physical education, and cognitive development into a single lesson plan. Allowing the children to create the music themselves can take this activity one step further.
If programs such as these are started early in life, older children will respond better to similar, more advanced lesson plans. Schools suffering from a lack of time for music, PE, and recess in their overall curriculum could possibly benefit the most from combining these so-called “elective” classes and integrating movement into the lessons of the traditional classroom."
What a wonderful description of the value of early childhood physical development. We definitely recommend reviewing Sparkpe.org's website for other great articles on how to nuture healthy and happy young adults!
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We know you are just as excited as we are about these new enhancements! Call or go to the schedule section of this site to save your spot in one of our awesome Parent's Survival Nights!
From infant to toddler, our Parent/Child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical first three years. Weekly classes will help your child achieve new milestones and prepare for more advanced challenges during each stage of growth. And since youʼre along for the ride, youʼll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and the occasional adult-sized giggle.
Get Moving! Increased physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination, and balance.
Brain Boost! Spatial and perceptual awareness, introduction to colors, language development and self-expression, knowledge of numbers and letters, initial problem solving.
Citizen Kid! Developing independence and feeling comfortable away from parents, early socialization, sharing and taking turns, accepting new environments, following directions and cooperating
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