Westwood Field Day, originally an event for all students in the third grade class, has built upon its success to become an event for all grade levels at Westwood School, kindergarten through third grade. It is innovative and impressive in its scope. The objectives of this project are to promote wellness, teamwork, work ethic, sportsmanship, and the acceptance of others. The 2012 Westwood Field Day extended the event to encompass the entire school from K-3 rather than just 3rd grade. Approximately 350 children participated. Each grade level was apparent due to their t-shirt color. Colors coincided with the “Duke” logo so children could also participate in “Duke” days at the elementary school.
Jumping rope, hula hoop, long jump, frisbee throw, softball throw, hopper race, relay race, fill a bucket, over and under, tug-of-war involved every individual to achieve the whole group’s common goals through individual activities and whole classroom activities throughout the entire day at the Wellington Recreation Park. All students of Westwood Elementary participated in a day of activities (individual and whole group) with the help of student council members, national honor society members, high school students, local business owners, community residents, and the staff of Westwood).
In the past, field day was held on the school grounds but because of its growth, the event had to be moved to accommodate such a large group. All children participated in a non-threatening environment which promotes teamwork and sportsmanship.
Westwood students benefited from this project because they learned the importance of teamwork, leadership, and unity. Each classroom wore a different color t-shirt to represent their team. At the end of the day, many different colored t-shirts were standing for the awards ceremony. Over 400 students benefited from the project.
Success for the project required that students from all abilities and skill levels participated and achieved throughout the activities. Results of this project were measured with activity sheets at each station, teacher surveys, principal feedback, and observations of the event).Last year was the first field day that included the entire student body of Westwood. It was a huge success. By the end of the day, students were exhausted but all enjoyed the involvement and “fun” that they experienced with their classmates. Memories for a lifetime were made.
Third grade teacher Malynda Jerousek was the grant writer for Westwood Field Day and reported positive attitudes and overwhelming support from parents, community, staff, and students.” I received e-mails, letters, and cards thanking her for the day. Students were more appreciative and understanding of one another because of how closely they had to work together in order to complete tasks.”
Jerousek adds “This project advances the mission and vision by promoting what the Endowment stands for. It raises student’s expectations of themselves and their peers through each activity. They strive to do the best they can and push their peers to do the same. Community is also involved which brings school and community together. We are teaching students that a community works together in order to accomplish a goal. We also teach our older students and our community members that we are responsible for making students a viable part of society. We all need each other in order to establish a successful community.”