After missing last year’s Field Day due to quarantine, Middle School students were especially excited to participate this year. The Peer Leaders and Student Council representatives helped Middle School Counselor Alicia Kelly plan an afternoon of excitement. Kelly says “Field Day is important so that our students can build community. It gives them a chance to bond, connect, and have fun at the end of a stressful school year.”
After lunch on Thursday, April 22, students travelled in a group with half of their grade level to six different stations, each set up and run by faculty members and volunteers. Traditional field day games like kickball and warball were led by the PE coaches in the spirit of friendly competition. Fine arts teachers held a talent show in the black box, where students demonstrated skills like singing, dancing, and even yodeling. Sixth grade student Tiffany Foxworth-Haley won first place in her group by showing off her beautiful artwork.
Field day also gave the Middle School students a chance to support a worthwhile cause called the Ekam USA Foundation. One of the foundation’s projects is “Kids Feeding Kids,” which helps expecting mothers in India raise backyard vegetable gardens to support their families. Students purchased snacks, drinks, and popsicles, with all proceeds going to this foundation, and raised $530 in a single afternoon!
This year’s Field Day also included some new stations and surprises. In the “Teacher Challenge” station, students were tasked with two competitions involving their teacher group leader. The first challenge was a race to see which team could mummify their teacher first using two rolls of toilet paper. Moving quickly, but not so quickly that the toilet paper broke, students wrapped their teachers from head to toe. The second “Teacher Challenge” left the Middle School faculty covered in orange dust. Teachers donned shower caps, which were carefully topped with shaving cream. Students then gleefully threw cheese balls at their teachers, trying to get them to stick in the shaving cream.
The biggest surprise, however, was what awaited students on the back playground. Greeting the students as they walked up was a 24 foot inflatable slide, a giant human foosball table, and an inflatable archery set. The Parents’ Guild graciously donated the funds to rent the equipment for this station, which all the students enjoyed.
Field Day is a way for students to have fun together, build friendships, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather as they anticipate the end of another school year. Thank you to Mrs. Kelly, the Middle School faculty and staff, the Parents’ Guild, and the volunteers for making this year’s Field Day experience so successful.
Kristina St. George
Kristina St. George teaches eighth grade World Geography. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in education from Northwestern State University. She began her teaching career in East Baton Rouge Parish schools in 2007. After living abroad in Saudi Arabia for three years, she joined the Episcopal faculty in 2017. She loves to travel and has visited over 30 countries throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Mrs. St. George is excited to share her international experiences and hopes to encourage global perspectives in her students.