Deb Hurley Brobst
Controlled, fun chaos best describes the annual field day for King-Murphy and Carlson elementary school students.
The event, organized by physical education teacher Mike Patrizi, had something for everyone from jump rope and hula hoops to kickball and soccer to a game called drip-drip-drench, a wet take on duck-duck-goose that Patrizi called “super goofy.”
On the afternoon of May 13, the third through sixth graders at the two elementary schools played together, getting to know each other as they got some exercise and enjoyed the sunny, windy day.
The fifth and sixth graders helped lead games for the younger children in the morning before having the afternoon to partake in the games themselves. Patrizi said the wind made some of the games more daunting, so they made changes as the day progressed.
The students said they had fun, though those who were wet from drip-drip-drench were a bit chilly thanks to the wind. They agreed they liked to be able to move among the different games.
“Field Day mixes the two schools, and that’s the goal of the whole event," Patrizi said. "They get to play games with their friends. It’s a nice celebration before summer.”