Mr.Carter, commonly known around school as “Coach,” is one of Barrett’s middle school teachers. Coach leads the school’s Extracurricular Activities Committee and had a special event in mind for this month. On Saturday, October 26th, students and their families got the chance to participate in our first ever Field Day. I asked Coach to talk me through the big event. “Each student participated in the 40 Yard Dash, Potato Sack Race, Football and Frisbee throw, Heavy Ball Throw, and Basketball Shooting contest. Once all students completed those primary events, we moved on to an individualized competition- racing inside our “Bouncy Castle Obstacle Course” which was a big hit with the kids and parents. We concluded the day with lunch provided for all families. There were around 75 students, family members and staff in attendance.” Students and parents also participated in an “Awards Ceremony” portion of the day. Coach says, “Every one of our students who participated earned a ribbon either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in one event or more. It was a great feeling to see that every student competed very hard and enjoyed themselves.” One parent expressed gratitude to staff for hosting the event, saying, “We have never been able to participate in anything outside of school with our child.” When I asked Coach why he initially wanted to plan this event he said, “I have always believed that extracurricular activities athletically or artistically are an important part of a students journey in their academic lives to help build character, improve overall performance, build higher self-esteem and provide opportunities for positive social interactions with peers and staff.” Barrett staff and students alike had an amazing time. Our 4th and 5th grade teacher Mrs.Elmer commented, “I thought it was awesome to give families the opportunity to be a part of a supportive community and meet one another.” While our middle and high school social worker, Ms.Tiffee, said, “I enjoyed getting to see students on a day that was full of fun and just getting to see them be kids.”

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