Coker Students Raise Money and Awareness for Play in Schools

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Earlier this semester five Coker College education majors were given the assignment of planning a project that advocated for a child related cause. The students, Amber Phillips, Jessica Baipho, Jessica Sims, Kim Morris and Jessi Ingle, chose to be advocates for play. They chose play because of the importance they feel it plays in learning during early childhood education.

As part of the project, the students raised money to donate to a local Hartsville elementary school to buy playground equipment. The group sold t-shirts to raise the money and in October they presented Washington Street Elementary School with a check for $717. In order to further their project, the school graciously matched their donation.

In addition to raising awareness of the importance of play within the Hartsville community, the students raised awareness throughout the state of South Carolina when they were asked to present on the advocacy project at the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Columbia.

Under the direction of Coker Professor of Education Dr. Darlene Maxwell, the students presented their project entitled, “Why Play?” Their presentation and project explored the inherent benefits of play and how and why it addresses the most essential needs of young children.

Coker College is also a major advocate for play. Each year the Coker Education Department hosts “Play Day” to promote the importance of play and to honor young children and those who nurture them. This year’s “Play Day” will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Davidson Hall Lawn.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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