Fifth- and sixth-graders face Goodwin Elementary School staff in kickball

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jun. 7, 2013
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The staff at Goodwin Elementary School played the fifth- and sixth-graders in a game of kickball on Thursday, June 6. The game lasted five innings, ending in a tie. Photo courtesy of Amy Puebla. - Contributed Photo

On the same day that the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat began the NBA finals on the hardwood and the quest for the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy, students and staff at Goodwin Elementary School took to the field for a different kind of game – kickball. The game was played Thursday, June 6, on the field behind the school on Forbes Street, and instead of playing for hardware, the students and staff played for a deeper meaning.

“I wanted to do something that builds staff morality and camaraderie, and I really wanted to send the message to the kids,” said Amy Puebla. “So the kids saw us in a different light – that we can work together as a team as well as accomplish a goal.”

The game pitted fifth- and sixth-graders against the school staff who all wore matching uniformed t-shirts. Puebla said the PTO was instrumental in sponsoring the game and providing funding for the t-shirts. Puebla also had raffle prizes at the game that included 100 books and water bottles for the students, as well as a Dunkin Donuts gift card for the teachers.

Puebla, a third-grade teacher at Goodwin Elementary School, organized the game with the goal of promoting teamwork, but also to  have a little fun at the same time. “You would have thought they [the students] were at a rock concert,” said Puebla. And it was somewhat of a concert atmosphere, as Puebla played music between innings.

The game lasted five innings, ending in a tie, but not short of great memories and plays including behavior manager Jordan Valenti sliding head-first into home to score a run. “I was very impressed actually at all different ages, all of the teachers’ athletic ability, their drive and their enthusiasm about the game,” said Puebla.

Puebla said she hopes this kickball game becomes an annual event at the school. “It was all positive team building,” said Puebla.  “Score really didn’t matter, and everyone kind of just kept it light and fun.”


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