Elementary school students gather together for field day
"One, two, three, go!" Were the magic words to a day of fun last Thursday for Basehor-Linwood elementary school students.
Children shrieked with joy as they stampeded onto the Basehor-Linwood High School football field to enjoy a day outdoors and away from the classroom.
Kindergarteners through sixth-graders took turns throughout the day participating in such games as tug-o-war, Frisbee toss, sack races, beanbag relays and three-legged races during the first elementary school field day.
The field was divided down the middle into the green side and the gold side. The same games were on each side and one, two or three high school student volunteers manned each game station.
Some of the student volunteers were members of the Care Cats program, while others were seniors or softball players.
About 1 p.m., the volunteers, along with BLHS physical education teacher Susan Mayberry, prepared for their largest group of children to arrive -- about 490 youngsters.
Juniors Laura Reed and Erin Shore said that even though they were worn out toward the end of the day, they were looking forward to the large group.
"It will be fun because they're younger," Shore said. "But the older ones are fun too," Reed added.
Mayberry also commended the volunteers for their efforts.
"The volunteers are doing awesome," she said. "We're having a blast."
Once assigned to their first game, the elementary school students listened intently to instructions, enjoyed a round or two and rotated to the next game station. Students from different schools introduced themselves to one another and made new friends while they waited for their turn. Mayberry said field day allowed students interact with one another in a new way, outside of their classroom and outside of their own school.
"I think it's a really good idea to bring elementary school students together to have fun," she said. "This is the first year for this, and I hope it continues as an annual event."