Students make early learning fun, win York Fair prizes

Alyssa Jackson

York County School of Technology students in the Early Childhood Education Program won ribbons at the York Fair for their school projects.

According to a news release from the school, students in the program were instructed to design decorative items, toys, puzzles, board games, books, sensory items, blankets and other learning items. The projects were judged based on "general attractiveness, appeal, workmanship, appropriateness and adaptability to child's use."

The Early Childhood Education Program students pose with their projects.

The students, with their instructors Mindy Miller and Heather Ryan, entered the projects in the York Fair Child Care and Development category for senior high school students. Renie Mezzanotte, the communications and outreach coordinator with the tech school, explained that the goal of the projects was to make learning numbers, the alphabet and colors fun. The students also needed to stimulate memory and fine motor skill coordination with their projects.

Thirty-five ninth- and 11th-grade students entered the competition, according to Ryan.

Three ninth-graders from the school took second place: Kimberly Doll for a cookie jar file folder game, Amouri Baker for a mystery letter board game and Jordan Cooke for a sensory book.

Four 11th-grade students placed: Katie Presswood took first place for a sensory book, Briana Crumling took second place for a cow puzzle, Madalyn Kordek took second place for a pumpkin number matching game and Allyssa Williams took second place for a pingpong toss game.

Many of the projects are on display in the Queen Street lobby at the school, according to the release. With Miller and Ryan, many of the students will enter their projects in state competitions for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for students in family and consumer sciences education in public and private schools, according to its website.

Students then could compete at the National Leadership Conference in the summer of 2017.