Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2001

FCCLA sponsors field day for students

October 17, 2001

Nicollette Miller held up the Foxtail by the blue section and explained to her partner, Brooke Morgan, how to throw it correctly.

"No, you have to grab it in the middle, not the end, and then throw it," Miller said.

The two Vinland Elementary second graders were attempting to fling the Foxtail, a bouncy ball with a multi-colored two-foot fabric tail, back and forth to each other Friday afternoon during the field day at Marion Springs Elementary School.

The Foxtail game was just one of 13 stations the Baldwin High School Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) club organized for the all-district first and second grade field day.

Forty-two FCCLA students designed and ran the games, which included tee ball, sack races, scooters and parachute activities, for 187 first and second graders.

FCCLA sponsor Anita Faddis said this was the second year the high school students had organized the field day.

"They really worked hard on this project," Faddis said. "And it's a good project because they are teaching leadership skills but they are getting leadership skills at the same time."

She said the high school students spent many hours working on the field day.

"They were really excited about it," she said.

The work FCCLA did on preparing the field day will also be beneficial for the group's state projects.

This year's state projects emphasize family and children. Faddis said FCCLA members will be able to give oral presentation about their work with field day.

Field day co-chair Kristyn Rhodes said FCCLA decided to have a second field day because of the positive feedback received.

"It's a good experience," Rhodes said. "And the kids always have a good time."

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