Pequenakonck Elementary School hosts Field Day
Pequenakonck Elementary School hosted its annual Field Day on Monday, June 12. The event is an end-of-year rite of passage that brings students and faculty together for a day of outdoor fun and friendly competition.
This year’s Field Day was rescheduled from Friday, June 9 due to poor air quality conditions resulting from smoke from the Canadian wildfires.
Despite forecasted rain, skies stayed dry for the Tigers. This was the first year that Field Day was held on the district's new turf field. Rob Gilchrist, PQ physical education teacher and co-organizer of the day along with colleague Matt Mackenzie, noted that for many students and staff it was their first time seeing and being on the turf.
“You could hear a lot of the students talk about how excited they were to be on the new turf,” Mackenzie said. “It gave us some extra space and doing the tug-o-war on the center logo was a fun little touch.”
Students in grades K - 5 participated in old fashioned games including potato sack races, relay races, bean bag toss and tug-of war. School resource officers Jessica Greisinger and Sean Armstrong officiated the tug-o-war station. New this year was the “plunger challenge” and “tire roll,” both of which were a hit with the kids, according to Mackenzie and Gilchrist.
In addition to Field Day games, students were treated to an outdoor dance party with pizza and a DJ at PQ’s outdoor classroom.
Gilchrist thanked PQ Principal Dr. Roy Martin, Assistant Principal Dawn Snowdon, Athletic Director Denise Kiernan and Facilities Director Dr. Johannes Sieverding, as well as faculty and staff from both PQ and the middle/high school for “making Field Day truly special for our elementary students.”
“The students demonstrated great sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the entire day. It was fun to see the kids utilize a lot of the elements we teach in class and apply them to the games today, showing off their skills to their teachers and peers,” Mackenzie said. “In my opinion it's the best day of the year.”
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