Hillcrest Hurricanes were invited to participate in the RHYTHM Plus Zoom demonstration on February 1st. The RHYTHM Plus program (Reaching Hearts of Youth through Health and Movement) is run by a husband and wife team, Natoia and Tyrone Franklin, who are the owners of Serenity Life Fitness. With a mission to, “use dance and other activities to build confidence, self-awareness, social emotional skills, and boldness in the lives of young adolescent and teenage children,” RHYTHM Plus is a great resource to help boost our students’ self-esteem and strengthen the health and wellness of our school community.
Set to occur this spring, over the course of six weeks, students in RHYTHM Plus will be able to choose between two physical activities each session, including dance, fitness/sports drills, and yoga, and then participate in the heart-to-heart lesson of the day. The lesson for the demo class was “good friends versus toxic friends,” and students were asked to assist the coaches in a “culinary” project by identifying the ingredients of a good friend. With over seventy Hillcrest student participants in the demo, Coaches Franklin and Franklin are sure to be busy this spring. As Natoia states on the RHYTHM Plus flyer: “Empower children and tell them they are special. If they don’t believe you, prove them wrong!”