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UNI Fundraiser Saturday for sons of Lori Lewis Hardin

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Hudson native, Lori Lewis Hardin, loved her time at the University of Northern Iowa. Lori studied elementary education and early childhood development at UNI and became a UNI graduate in 2003.

The daughter of Capi and Bob Lewis of Hudson, Lori continued her love of education by receiving her Master's Degree from Drury University, and was an on-line Professor for Ashford University in California at the time of her recent tragic death.

Lori died in a propane gas explosion February 3, at her residence in Coleville, California, where her husband, Greg, was stationed with the United States Marine Corps.

As a result of that tragedy, Lori's two young sons, Brady and Ashton, need your help. That's why Lori's friends at the University of Northern Iowa Kindergym program will honor her memory with a special benefit on the UNI campus, March 24.

The benefit event for the Lori Hardin family, called JUMP, will be held from 9 am to Noon, at the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center. The morning is being billed as a ‘Fitness Fun Day' for the whole family. Everyone is invited to attend.

The event will feature a wide array of great family happenings, including fitness games, bouncy houses and some healthy snacks. A Free Will donation will be taken at the door, and that money will go toward the Brady and Ashton Hardin Education Fund.    

During her time at UNI, Lori was a part of The University of Northern Iowa's Kindergym program. The Kindergym program dates back to its establishment in 1984 by Dr. Rip Marston.

UNI created Kindergym in response to a need to provide early childhood education and elementary physical education students with a new kind of learning environment, working directly with young children. The UNI program is still going strong today, with a focus on development and refinement of motor skills in an age-appropriate, fun atmosphere

The philosophy is that younger children benefit by being exposed to a wide array of activities which require a variety of social, physical and cognitive skills. The age group usually involves kids, ages 2-5.

For more information about the March 24 Lori Lewis Hardin fundraiser, contact the Kindergym program at 319, 273-6882. Dr. Rip Marston still leads this successful endeavor and can be reached at: ripley.marston@uni.edu.  http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/school-health-physical-education-leisure-services/partnerships-projects/early-childhood-

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