Meghan Griffith arrived in Dare County packing 40 hula hoops to share the art, joy - and turns out - science, of hoop making and hooping in PE classes over September 12 through the 14th. While she encouraged bodies and minds in motion, Griffith captured the hearts of students and staff throughout her three days in three elementary schools. Cape Hatteras, Manteo and Nags Head students are all wild about "hooping" in the wake of her visit. Griffith is a member of the Pickle Mamas, a trio of talented women in the Triangle area who entertain with fiery hoop shows, teach yoga, and make jewelry. Griffith's sessions were in PE classes taught by Sara Lamb (CHES), Hope Guiley (MES) and Steve Smalley (NHES). She also conducted after-school sessions for teachers and staff who wanted to get their groove on with hoops. Learning an easy way to be successful at a challenging activity that is so much fun was empowering for all participants. MES teacher Rendy King and sister, NHES Assistant Principal Freda Ballard made the initial connection with Griffith, who before returning home, was already making plans to return to followup on the initial lessons. "The students at all three elementary schools were amazing! They were polite, courteous, creative, energetic, and fun," noted Griffith. " We had a great day hooping and talking about how this form of activity improves health....all year long." Click here for instructions - complements of the Pickle Mama's - on how to make a hula hoop.