Murray Elementary School PTO

Organized by:
Murray Elementary School PTO

Participating Organizations:

Murray Elementary School
Murray State University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Fair

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students (1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We provided a two-day Brain Fair, where all children K – 3rd grade at the local Elementary School participated in a one-hour event. Each group of children rotated among four 15-minute sessions to learn about how to protect their brain, how to calm down and regulate their breathing, the lobes and functions of the brain, and the limbic system’s involvement in love (not the heart). Kids participated in hands-on activities to explore these concepts and left with a brain hat, limbic valentine’s day cards, and a brain stress reliever squishy. The teachers and principal loved the event and asked if we’d be able to do it again. The students said they really enjoyed it. My son (2nd grade) even spouted off brain facts to me a week later! So – I do believe it was a huge hit.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

There was a news release in the local university newspaper as well as the local community newspaper. I had people from my church and my real estate agent mention reading these articles, and the mayor wrote me a letter thanking me for my effort. Thus, I do believe these were great routes to spread the successful event with our local community at large.


What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Grades K-2
  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 3-5
  • Lesson Plans Grades K-5

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Participation provided positive advertisement for Murray Elementary PTO for the receipt of this grant and Murray State University (since 19 students in the psychology graduate and undergraduate programs helped facilitate the event).

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

The brain hats cannot be colored, cut, and assembled in a 15-minute time span. We ended up precutting and that still wasn’t enough, so we had all brains cut and then half the hemispheres already assembled. We had them color the right (creative) sides of their brains, then connected them.

Event Photos

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One group (out of 14) after participating in the event

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Some local university students helping with the fair

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Making of brain hats

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Learning breathing techniques to calm down

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Learning how our brain protects itself and what we can do to help

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Megan St Peters

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