More than 800 Lakeville Area Public Schools fifth-graders filled the Lakeville North High School stadium May 22 ready to perform on the track and field stage alongside their peers during the annual track and field day.
The goals for the day was to promote physical fitness and sportsmanship, learn the different
events unique to track and field, and have fun. Although the idea of competition was important, the emphasis was instead placed on self-improvement and effort, said Steve Willingham, Lake Marion Elementary physical education teacher.
The event is an elementary school tradition that students look forward to taking part in.
There were a number of activities for students to engage in. The morning consisted of running activities, which included a 4×110 relay, 400 meter run, and sprints of various distances. During the afternoon, students participated in field activities, including a softball throw, soccer punt, triple jump, long jump, high jump, hurdles, tire toss, and an obstacle course race.
“My favorite activity was running the 200 and 400 meter dash. I really like running,” said Elijah Sanchez, an Oak Hills Elementary fifth grader. “I [also] had fun hanging with my friends, and seeing people I already know from other classes.”
Parents were invited to watch the children, and district elementary physical education staff, fifth grade classroom teachers and paraprofessionals volunteered at the event.
“Track and field day — or as my 77-year-old father calls it “play day” — is the best day of the school year!” said Andrea Sonnenburg, a paraprofessional at Impact Academy at Orchard Lake Elementary. “The students are so engaged in cheering for their classmates — I love to see the support.”
To see the students in action at the event, visit the district’s Facebook Page.