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Field Day gets Oak Harbor kids hopping

Above, Maci Oliver jumps over a line onto a mat, one of the more popular events of Field Day. Below, Gunnar Lutz, left, and Cody Sillavan compete against each other in a sack race. All three students are second graders at Hillcrest Elementary. - Photos by Michelle Beahm / Whidbey News-Times
Above, Maci Oliver jumps over a line onto a mat, one of the more popular events of Field Day. Below, Gunnar Lutz, left, and Cody Sillavan compete against each other in a sack race. All three students are second graders at Hillcrest Elementary.
— image credit: Photos by Michelle Beahm / Whidbey News-Times

It’s the time of year when schools are wrapping up and students are getting itchy to celebrate the start of summer break.

In celebration, Oak Harbor’s elementary schools held their own bash, Field Day.

Field Day is a day at the end of the school year during which students get to play outside and take part in a variety of activities.

During the past few years, physical education teachers at each of the elementary schools teamed up to host Field Days, running the events with the help of parent volunteers.

That allows teachers and staff to get some work done inside.

Activities during Field Day included highlights from the PE curriculum throughout the year, according to Justin Ronning, PE teacher at Crescent Harbor Elementary.

“Some are just fun games, like the three-leg race and sack races,” he said.

“We have a few set ones that the kids always enjoy,” said Oak Harbor Elementary’s PE teacher, Holly Troyer, “and each year we try to come up with new ones to add to the mix.”

A new event this year was “a big, inflatable hoop shoot,” according to Troyer. It involved a giant, blow-up hoop that kids would toss beach balls into. Other events included hurdle-jumping races, tug-of-war and foam-noodle battles.

Some of the activities were geared toward specific age groups, Ronning said.

Each school separated students into two different Field Day time periods, one being kindergarten through second grade and the other being third through fifth grade.

The younger age group had a tic-tac-toe station played with colored bean bags and a parachute toss, while the older age group had frisbee, football throw and more tug-of-war events.

Troyer said her favorite part was the collaboration between her and the rest of the PE teachers.

“It’s nice to be able to get together as a group and be able to put on something great that the kids really enjoy,” she said.

Ronning said one of the best parts, though, was being able to see all of the students together one last time at the end of the school year, especially since many students will be gone next year.

“It’s nice to see them one more time before the school ends,” he said. “It’s just a fun day, something at the end of the year to kind of finish the year off with.”

 

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