Under beautiful and sunny skies, the 400 students in grades 4 and 5 at all four elementary schools held a first-ever combined field days today at the high school.
The day featured the usual field days events but also pitted students against others they don't normally see in physical education classes or at recess each week.
The schools sported individual shirt colors - blue for Glendaal, yellow for Glen-Worden, gray for Lincoln and red for Sacandaga - for this event. In years past, students in grades 4 and 5 at each school would have their own field days; students in younger grades still have individual field days at their schools.
Organizer Dirk Francois, who teaches physical education at Glen-Worden, said the students competed in activities like the standing long jump, running long jump, shot put, soccer ball put, softball throw, high jump, 400 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 50 meter dash, 50 meter hurdles, 400 meter relay and school tugs of war.
"I think it's going pretty well," he said as runners raced behind him. Parents and staff agreed, saying the event was well organized and moved along quickly.
Students selected in which activities they wanted to participate in their physical education classes over the past few weeks.
Parking was at a premium around the back of the high school and Sacandaga Elementary as parents by the hundreds showed up to root their children on in the variety of events. As well, dozens of parents and high school students helped out with the activities to keep them moving smoothly.
Here are a few scenes from today's activities. Click on the photo to enlarge it: