Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

LMS squad pays visit to daycare

August 4, 2005

Lansing Middle School cheerleaders have been hard at work this summer, but not just in the gymnasium.

In addition to their practices, the cheerleaders also have taken on some community service.

Last month, the squad of 15 girls taught cheers, chants and stunts to six children at the Salvation Army day care, 600 Walnut St.

"It was nice to see them perform," said coach Jofee Tremain, "and to see them build up some confidence quickly before the school year began."

The girls finished the day by performing a show for all the children and the staff members.

"Everyone really enjoyed it, and we've been asked to come back," said Tremain.

Tremain said she volunteered at the day care every summer, teaching dance and songs, and thought it would be great to take the cheerleaders there, too.

"I want the girls to have confidence in what they are doing and teaching," she said. Tremain said she thought the Salvation Army day care would be a perfect opportunity for them to do that.

"It's good for kids to go outside their comfort zone and deal with children that are maybe different than they are, that maybe even speak a different language," Tremain said. "This gets them all united with a common bond, and they entertain each other."

The squad's captains are Jennifer Totelben and Morgan Grenier. Other cheerleaders are Heather Cook, Miya Snodgrass, Shermanee Phillips, Kacee Bechtold, Sarah Fonderaro, Sarah Letson, Lauren Count, Jessica Sewing, Jillian Moya, Amanda Glynn, Lisa Everett, Kelsey O'Brien and Heather Portenier.

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