GOSHEN — It was a festive if slightly chilly atmosphere at Prairie View Elementary School Friday morning as students, staff and community volunteers helped ring in the end of the second-to-last week of the school year during the annual All-School Field Day.
Despite temperatures hovering in the mid-50’s — a major drop from the mid-80’s experienced just a day prior — spirits remained high at the school Friday as approximately 450 students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade swarmed across the school campus for a full day of outdoor fun and friendly competition.
“This isn’t your typical field day like we had when we were younger where there were prizes and ribbons and all of that,” said Prairie View Principal Donna Wiktorowski of the annual event. “It’s just a cooperative, fun day for everyone to enjoy.”
Angie Edwards, administrative assistant to Wiktorowski, agreed.
“Mostly it’s about being outside, being physical, using the skills they’ve learned in PE and in Music, and just being collaborative and working with each other,” Edwards said. “The teachers are kind of facilitators today, just kind of keeping them in the right area, but mostly it’s about the kids getting along together with their partners or their teams and working together to do something fun. So it’s just kind of an end-of-the-year fun day, and it’s really exciting for the kids.”
During the event, one side of the school campus was reserved for partner play, where students could partner up with a friend and compete in activities such as bouncy slides, toilet paper toss, basketball and water games. The other side of the campus was then reserved for team play, where students could group up to participate in activities such as obstacle course relays, scooter races and a dance station. Snacks and a long lunch were also provided…