Thank you for viewing the Gently Used Equipment - Helping Hands site. The program is an on-going program created with the purpose to receive and pass forward donated gently used and/or NEW equipment to schools, Physical Educators, and sites working with children of all ages. It is open to anyone wishing to communicate and connect. This opportunity is possible through communication, networking and working together. Please keep in mind, all items passed forward should be in safe working condition, as I count on you to make that decision. Thanks to all of our helping hearts and hands making a difference over the years.

CONTACT: Kathy Houston ( - RETIRED, JUNE, 2018 Physical Education/Health Teacher- Focus and passion in brain research-movement and learning; classroom management; continued desire to teach and learn from a new generation. Teaching since 1982 - retired 1985- 2018 in Queen Bee District 16

IF you have items to donate ~ IF you see items you want ~ IF you would like to post to the wish list ~ PLEASE send me an email with the specific information AS WELL AS YOUR EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBER. We will communicate as to the specifics for drop off or pick up. PLEASE NOTE that drop off and pick up location is Winfield, Illinois - unless specifics are able to be worked out between us for an alternative plan. Once we connect, I do share my cell for easier communication.

SOME equipment comes and goes quickly - please understand, I will reply ASAP upon receiving your email. I check emails from HOME computer ONLY - NOT MY PHONE or at work. It is a first come first serve basis on the communication I receive. At times, larger items, I may put you directly in contact with the teacher that has the items for you to work on transport and pick up. Missing out on an item does not mean that we will never get another one. No promises, however, we hope we can work together to find treasures to receive and pass forward.

Please know that items passed forward are your responsibility upon pick-up as to set-up, care and use.


PICK UP TIMELINE OF AN ITEM THAT YOU AGREE TO IS 7 DAYS - If that is a concern, just communicate with me - we can work together on plans and transport.


Ping pong paddles (20 +)

1 Badminton net

1 Volleyball net

3 step risers

1 Basketball rims/nets with Wall attachments

1 ball return to attach to existing bb rim

Miscellaneous golf clubs

Miscellaneous used golf balls

4 plastic bosu foot pumps

Mini hand pumps - 15

PE Books/Resources 

18 NEW flagfootball belts


Miscellaneous items of rope, wheels, hardware - we might have just the piece you are looking for - check it out.  

                                                                                                                             THANKS FOR THIS TEAM EFFORT, Kathy Houston



2 Mini trampolines
Gator Skin balls - 7"
Cones - 3" red and green; AND all sizes
25 lollipop paddles
Gymnastic mats
Fitness and yoga mats
Slam balls
Medicine balls (4-6 lbs)
Jump bands
Beanbags - regular and animal (50+)
Bowling pins (24+) - Bowling Balls (2) Bowling ramp
16x16 scooters (10+)
Goals - hockey and soccer
Wiffle Bats/Balls
Poly Spots
Yarn Balls (36)
Jump ropes
Exercise Bands
Volleyball Standards - with base/wheels- not floor mount
Volleyballs (10) - softies
Basketballs (10)



Brain Research - WE ARE IT!

Physical activity is good not only 
for the heart, but also for the 
brain, feeding it glucose and 
oxygen, and increasing nerve 
connections, all of which makes it 
easier for children of all ages to 
learn.  Numerous studies show that 
children who exercise do better in 

Newsweek 2/19/96

Brain Research

Know and share the importance of physical education by what you do within your classroom – offer resources, authors, research-based connections that support physical education as it creates and enhances a movement and learning bond. You are doing it……. Thanks, Kathy

Enjoy a "few" quotes - research the author

  • Movement facilitates cognition. The only reason we have a brain is because we move. (Sylwester)
  • Motor skills are fundamental to learning. (Jensen)
  • 85% of children are natural kinesthetic learners. (Hannaford)
  • Exercise can boost brain function, improve mood and increase learning. (Ratey)
  • Lifetime Physical Activity grows new brain cells (Gage)
  • Physical Activity increases NR2B protein that increases memory retention (Cline)
  • People who are most aerobically fit have the fastest cognitive responses. (Van Praag)
  • Movement is the body's natural reward system. (Jensen)
  • Memory is retrieved better when learned through movement. (Jensen)
  • The brain is hard wired for rhyme, rhythm, movement and emotion. (Wolfe)

Enjoy a "few" book titles - research the author

  • Spark
  • Smart Moves
  • Brain Gym
  • The Learning Gym
  • Hands On-Brain Gym in CLassroom
  • Thinking on Your Feet
  • Teaching with the Brain in Mind
  • Learning with the Brain in Mind
  • Introduction to Brain Compatible Learning
  • Start SMart-Brain Power in Early Years

Dr. Carla Hannaford 
Paul and Gail Dennison
Erich Ballinger
Isabel Cohen-Marcelle Goldsmith (P. Dennison) 
Jean Blaydes Madigan
Eric Jensen
Eric Jensen
Eric Jensen
Pam Schiller

The Northeastern District of IAHPERD offers two scholarships each year. They are for $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. To be eligible, one must be a member of IAHPERD and be a full-time undergraduate student attending a college or university within the Northeastern District of the Association. Directions for completing an application is given below.

Directions for Filing for the IAHPERD Northeastern District Scholarship

Page 1
1.        Date
2.        Name
3.        Home address
4.        Home phone and/or cell phone
5.        E-mail address
6.        College or university
7.        College or university department chair
8.        IAHPERD membership number
(call IAHPERD Executive Director if needed, 217-245-6413)
9.        Major field of study
10.       Minor (if any) field of study
11.       Expected date for graduation

Page 2-3 (maximum)

  1. List any professional organizations of which you are a member—indicate the
    extent of your involvement.
  2. List any extracurricular activities in which you have been involved at your
    school, for the last 2 years. Indicate the extent of your involvement.
  3. List any community, church, or other organizations in which you have been
    involved for the past 2 years. Include any volunteer projects that you may
    have experienced.
  4. Indicate what your professional goal(s) are after graduation.

Also needed to complete the application:

  1. A transcript from your institution which includes the spring 2015 grades, mailed to Dr. Donald Scherrer. If any other college or university was attended previously, a transcript from that institution is needed also.
  2. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to Dr. Donald G. Scherrer, 
    or in sealed envelopes along with other materials that are being submitted.
  3. Send all materials by June 1st to:
    Dr. Donald G. Scherrer
    P.O. Box 1110
    Arlington Heights, IL  60006

Brent Barker and Mary Lou Katarzynski
Churchill Elementary School
Glen Ellyn, IL
Integrating Technology with a Jump Rope Unit