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Stuffee' visits area schools

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Oct. 25, 2001
West Hills Elementary School students got a lesson in nutrition from a 7-foot-tall visitor Tuesday, but the subject of basketball never came up.
Members of the Meridian Junior Auxiliary have visiting area campuses to introduce "Stuffee," a large cloth doll, to 8- and 9-year-olds.
Tammy Martin, a nurse and Junior Auxiliary member and Amy Tromatano, Junior Auxiliary third vice president, brought Stuffee to West Hills to teach third-graders about nutrition, physical fitness and human anatomy.
Stuffee is neither male nor female, "Stuffee just is," Martin said.
The Junior Auxiliary purchased Stuffee a few years ago with help from Riley Hospital. The doll's chest unzips so that students can examine its internal organs. Stuffee is even equipped with a beating heart the children can hear and feel.
Stuffee's stomach is a picnic basket of sorts, filled with a well-balanced cloth lunch including a sandwich, an apple, a banana and a piece of cake.
This is Martin's second year to introduce Stuffee to classrooms. She said she enjoys using her medical background in the presentations.
Chelsie Paige Abston, a students in Dollye Jackson's third-grade class, wrote Stuffee a letter after the visit Tuesday that read in part:
Martin said she thinks Stuffee is a great educational tool. Stuffee made appearances at Witherspoon Elementary and West Lauderdale Elementary earlier this month. The Junior Auxiliary has scheduled visits at the Homeschool Association in the Northpointe Church sanctuary on Monday, Nov. 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m.; Southeast Elementary gym on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.; and at Parkview Elementary on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10:15 a.m.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com

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