Students lead activities at 'Family Date Night'

February 18, 2015
Eva Hollingsworth tries her luck at building a bridge with Sarah McCraw and Logan Thole.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Fifteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education students enrolled in the K-4 Methods of Cognitive Development and Integrated Methods: Language Arts and Social Studies course led a variety of children’s activities at “Family Date Night at the Chocolate Fest,” on Feb. 13 at Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin in Platteville.

The course is taught by Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor in the School of Education at UW-Platteville, and Jessica Brogley, lecturer in the School of Education at UW-Platteville.

The event was co-sponsored by UW-Platteville and Family Connections, a nonprofit organization that works for the betterment of children and families by providing services to families, childcare providers and local communities in and around southwestern Wisconsin.

The UW-Platteville students designed activities that interested and engaged children from birth to age 11 and introduced them to concepts in team building, critical and creative thinking, sequencing and story telling. Activities included bridge and tower building, stop animation creation, Oobleck exploration, photo booth and creative writing. Other event activities included a chocolate fondue, baked goods, a silent auction and a movie.

“Hands-on and authentic learning is so valuable for students as they apply skills and continue interacting with children. We are thankful for this opportunity."
–Jessica Brogley

UW-Platteville students who participated in the event were Chelsea Cwiak, Green Bay, Wis.; Erika Friis, Rockton, Ill.; Chelsea Grabow, Roscoe, Ill.; Molly Pearce, Dubuque, Iowa; Melissa Martin, Carol Stream, Ill.; Evan Goetler, Roscoe, Ill.; McCaley Laube, Barneveld, Wis.; Faye Demes, Cassville, Wis.; Becca Lowe, Byron, Ill.; Amanda Mueller, Wheaton, Ill.; Sonya Beversluis, Madison, Wis.; Kayla Gosdeck, Deerfield, Wis.; Hayley Holmes, Lena, Ill.; Sarah McCraw, Bettendorf, Iowa; and Logan Thole, Lancaster, Wis.

“Chocolate Fest was a successful event because of collaborations between the Family Connections’ staff and board members and the School of Education’s staff and students,” said Hollingsworth. “Over 100 people enjoyed the evening’s activities.”

“Hands-on and authentic learning is so valuable for students as they apply skills and continue interacting with children,” said Brogley. “We are thankful for this opportunity.”

“The funds raised from this event are used to provide various resources needed by families and helps us provide activities that strengthen family engagement,” said Sabrina Earl, executive director of Family Connections.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The collaborative event with Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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