Birch Grove students enjoy Field Day
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Fri., Jun. 17, 2011
The weather couldn't have cooperated more for Birch Grove Elementary School's Field Day on June 16.
Teachers and more than 30 parent volunteers helped the day run smoothly as the students took part, one grade level at a time, and rotated through eight stations, including relay races, chalk drawing, bubble-blowing and time on the school's playscape.
Physical education teacher Chris Keithan said he looks forward to Field Day all year.
“It's a fun day for the kids,” he said. “The first thing I do is recruit parent volunteers and set up a schedule.”
Keithan said the activities are designed to be fun, as opposed to seriously competitive, and of course allow the students to burn some energy.
“We don't focus much on winning,” he said. “We focus on having fun and cheering on our friends as we run relay races and things like that. The phys. ed. part is that they're exhausted afterwards.”
Students were then treated to a performance by children's entertainer Steve Songs – known for his appearances on PBS.
“They get exercise and run around outside,” Keithan said, “then this is a nice change.”
Keithan said his goal is to make the day fun for the kids, but the parents have fun, too.
“They dive right in and get it going, and that's what makes it awesome,” he said. “I love this day. It's my favorite day of the year, and it has been since I was a kid. A lot of anticipation goes into the day, and once it starts, it just runs itself.”