Ferry Elementary Schoolâ€™s Field Day featured a water
balloon toss event. Photos by Renee Landuyt
Students at Poupard Elementary School race in potato sacks, one of many activities on the day. photo by Renee Landuyt.
August 08, 2013In May and June, with the final weeks of the school year approaching, all nine elementary schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System — and Pierce Middle School sixth graders — each hosted their own Field Days, days of celebration and outside play.
Hundreds of students and parent volunteers participated in each school's PTO-sponsored event. Held annually, Field Day is a symbol of year's end and a fun way for students to let loose and romp through any of the various games or activities available.
Elise Charbonneau runs through hoops in a race against time during Kerby
Elementary Schoolâ€™s Field Day.
There were potato sack races and hurdles, water balloon tosses and croquet, tug-of-war and jump roping.
And in addition to the 20-plus games and walk-a-thon during its Field Day, at Richard Elementary School, the PTO included another element, using it as a fundraiser to raise money toward upgrades to the school's playground and equipment.
Richard Elementary School Principal Mary
MacDonald-Barrett gets splashed during
"We thought it was just a good combination of having fun and raising some money at the same time," said Jennifer Blyth, Richard PTO Field Day chair.
Students at Richard paid to play the PitchBurst, a dunk tank-type activity in which students threw balls at a target that, if hit, burst a water balloon hanging above the participating teacher.
Eight teachers and principal Mary MacDonald-Barrett braved the burst, which earned the PTO more than $2,000 toward its playground upgrades.
"We kind of see this as not only a capital improvement to the school, but as an improvement to the community," outgoing PTO president Dawn Aldighieri said of the upgrades, which last year included a new climbing structure. "(The structure is) a huge success and just keeps value added to the school and the community."