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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 9:45 am

Students from Kyrene de la Colina Elementary school flooded campus fields to participate in the annual field day on Friday, this year called “Happy Field Day.”

The event is a way to promote physical activity throughout the school and gives students the chance to participate in friendly competition.

Some activities were based on the physical education curriculum created by P.E. teacher Dave Moser, and ranged from basketball, tug-of-war, jump rope, hurdles, etc.

Principal Kelley Brunner said the field day was a tradition at every school, but Colina tried to promote a more “family celebration.”

“We always have a theme, so this year’s theme is Happy Field Day 2014, where the idea of being physical and physically fit is something that’s important,” she said. “Our PTO members come up with the theme every year.”

There were about 12 different game stations and each was nearly six minutes.

“It’s a day where the kids are physically active out on the field. We have a bunch of different game stations, and it’s kind of a celebration of physical activity and staying healthy,” Moser said. “It’s just a fun day for the kids to value physical activity, have fun out on the field, and get in some good exercise.”

The Happy Field Day was broken up into two different periods, with kindergarten through second-grade participating from 9 to 11 a.m., and third- through fifth-grade from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Colina assisted with Happy Field Day by decorating with an assortment of balloons and manning the refreshment station, handing out water and oranges to each student.

PTO members began preparing for Happy Field Day a month in advance, trying to get teachers and parents of Colina involved with the event.

“It’s a process, but it’s fun,” PTO member Tobi McCarthy said. “This is the stuff they will remember.”

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