SMC tennis partners with Hannah & Friends for benefit

first_imgThe South Bend Racquet Club hosted local organization Hannah & Friends and the Saint Mary’s tennis team last Saturday for “Serving Up an Ace for Awareness and Compassion,” a fundraiser benefitting children and adults with special needs.Saint Mary’s junior and Hannah & Friends intern Hannah Monte said all proceeds would go to the organization, which former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and their daughter Hannah founded more than ten years ago. “There were about ten tennis courts set-up for the Round Robin match,” Monte said. “Players included for the South Bend Racquet club, people in the community and Hannah & Friends participants. We also had courts open for just children to play around on.”She said the College’s tennis team led warm ups for Hannah & Friends before the tennis match, and this was the first year the two organizations partnered together.Monte also said she was glad to see the College team partner with the organization.“It was great to see two communities that I’m involved in get together for a great cause,” she said.The organization’s assistant director of operations, Saint Mary’s alumna Kayle Sexton, said she came up with the idea of bringing together the organizations because she played on the College’s tennis team for four years. “This event was a great success,” Sexton said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to do it again next year.” Sexton said she was thrilled by the tennis team’s support and ability to lead residents in drills. Saint Mary’s College tennis player senior Margaret Faller said three residents from Hannah & Friends participated in the event.“Other residents from Hannah & Friends joined us to watch the match play, eat snacks and do crafts,” she said. Fellow College tennis player junior Kaitlyn Venters said there were tennis-themed coloring pages non-participating residents could work on while the tournament was going on.  “Before the tournament started we showed participants from Hannah & Friends how the Saint Mary’s team warms up before practicing,” Venters said. “Then we did some drills to help them practice their volleys, backhands and forehands.”Faller said she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of tennis with the residents.“My favorite part of the event was simply being able to spend time with the participants and share with them a sport I’m truly passionate about,” Faller said. “This is definitely an event we would love to be apart of again next year.”Monte said the event combined something the team loves to do with the opportunity to spread the organization’s message.“The event was a major success and definitely something we would like to do in the future,” Monte said, “Through this event we were able to truly encompass Hannah & Friend’s mission, which is creating awareness and compassion.’’According to Sexton, Hannah & Friends’ future events include a barbecue in May and a 5k Run and Fun Walk in June.  Tags: Hannah & Friends, SMC Tennislast_img read more

Childcare workers say some centres are like ‘factory farming children’

first_imgStuff 7 October 2015A quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, a survey reveals.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers, given exclusively to Stuff but due for official release on Wednesday, has some saying their centres are like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.Centres and teachers were under pressure to provide safe and quality care, but indicated a lack of support, the research network’s survey report said.The Ministry of Education was pushing for 98 per cent of Kiwi children to participate in quality early childhood education, but its focus was on “increasing participation and not on quality”, it said.“It would seem that the policy push for increased participation is very likely putting children’s attachment and development of secure relationships, brain development, learning, and life-long outcomes at risk.”With 153 out of 601 teachers indicating they would not be happy for their child to attend their centre “we should be seriously worried”, it says. Reasons given related to quality and personal beliefs about young children’s needs. for more investment in childcare qualityStuff 8 October 2015The focus for early childhood education should be quality, not high participation, sector representatives say.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers found that a quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, with some saying their centres were like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.New Zealand Educational Institute early childhood representative Virginia Oakly said the report endorsed what the union had been saying for some time.“If we don’t get it right and make sure the education children are receiving is quality there are long-term effects on their education and well being.”The sector was “chronically underfunded”, and any extra funding was spent on new centres rather than improving services already available.Early Childhood NZ chief executive Nancy Bell said while the survey only represented 2 per cent of teachers, it highlighted its concerns, “namely teacher-child ratios for under-2s and teachers’ employment conditions”. read more