Tandy Nash, with the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, greets Straub Elementary second grader, Piper Fulton, after the students presented Nash with a donation to the museum center on Monday.

Straub Elementary School Second graders learned what it meant to help others by holding bake sales and donating proceeds to the local museum center.

On Monday, Tandy Nash with the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, was surprised by the students who wanted to show their appreciation for her teaching them lessons about the human body.

The morning began with students reading their letters to Nash, expressing their favorite parts of her lesson. At the end of the letters, they presented Nash with $400 they raised by holding bake sales.

Brenda Huber, a second-grade teacher at Straub, said the idea to host the bake sales came after the students decided they wanted to give something back to Nash and the museum center.

"They wanted to give back," Huber said. "We're a Leader in Me school and this is one of the things we learn about; giving back. The students stepped up and wanted to show how much they appreciated Tandy's lessons."

Huber said Nash recently hosted three lessons at the school for students to be given the opportunity to learn about the heart, lungs, blood flow, scabs and other parts of the human body.

"I taught them about how blood flowed through the body," Nash said. "A lot of the students thought the heart created the blood, but there was a lot they didn't realize. In order to teach them the function of the heart and the blood flow, we danced around a drawing of the heart on the floor to what we called "Tandy's achy breaky heart song.' They learned the blood pumped through the heart, went to the lungs and picked up oxygen."

According to Nash, the students also had the opportunity dissect a sheep's heart to show them how it worked.

"We chose to use a sheep's heart because it's similar to a human heart," Nash said.

Piper Fulton, 7, said her favorite part of the lessons was learning about the human heart.

"My favorite part was when she taught us how the sheep heart was like our heart, but it was an animal heart," she said. "We got to touch the heart and weigh it and that was my favorite part."

Fulton said she also enjoyed giving the money to Nash and the museum center.

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"I loved doing it," she said. "I felt like I was trying to calm down an angry mob during the bake sales, though. They wanted everything and it took a lot of time and effort. We had to do a lot of math, but I had fun."

Kolby Galloway, 8, said she also enjoyed the lessons, but her favorite parts was learning about what the human body could overcome.

"Learning about the scabs and doing the songs was probably my favorite part. You could experiment to find out all the different things your body could do."

Nash said she hopes to be able to put the money to good use, such as providing further education to the school districts.

"I love coming into the schools and teaching the kids," she said. "I look forward to coming back as long as I'm invited."

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center Director CJ Hunter said he was thankful for what the students did for the museum.

"We're thankful for the school and for the students," he said. "We really appreciate everything they've done for us."


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