Tiny Steps program leads tiny tots toward exercise _lowres

Photo provided by Tiffany George -- A BREC Tiny Steps Class of 3- to 5-year-olds recently ended its year in May. Youths in the program, seated, from left, included Ella James Bordelon, Austin Collette, CoraLynn Schwartz, Scarlett Masterson, Kaden Lynch, Jack Todd, Owen Bailey and Tyler Jett; kneeling, Abel Aldy, Heidi Crochet, Emerie Hanson, Kaiden Hunt, Blayne Strawbridge, Grace Thompson, Avery Gaines, Elias Cruz and Bayleigh Whittington; and standing, Micaela Rosales, Jeremy Richardson, Stetson Hearld, Kylee Dukes, Jack Thompson, Kylee Bowen, Autumn Phelps, Helena Sowa and Lyla Etue; and Tiny Steps instructors, from left, Myrtle McDavid, Rebecca Reeves, Talitha Schwartz and Myrtle Wade. Not shown: Brice Adams, Charlie Hicks and Sarah Kent.

BREC’s Tiny Steps program promotes physical fitness and health through exercise, organized recreational games, creative art projects, singing and dancing.

In Zachary, a Tiny Steps class of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds recently ended its year.

Some of the youths will head to kindergarten in August, but many will return to the Tiny Steps program, which moved from its usual room at BREC’s Church Street Park to BREC’s Zachary Community Park this year, Myrtle McDavid, Tiny Steps instructor, said.

McDavid said repairs to the Church Street facility caused the class to move to the Zachary location from September to May.

“We’ll be returning to Church Street in the fall,” McDavid said. “I’ve been teaching this program for 43 years, and I still love it.”

McDavid and three additional instructors — Rebecca Reeves, Talitha Schwartz and Myrtle Wade — care for the youths, many of whom live in the Zachary community.

“We do a lot with the children … shapes, colors, their ABCs, the months of the year. They love it, and we love sharing the knowledge with them,” McDavid said of her team of instructors.

Though the next Tiny Steps class will not begin again until September, there are many youth camps and summer programs at BREC parks throughout Baker and Zachary, McDavid said.