BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Students and teachers competed in teh annual June 10 Field Day at Bronxville Middle School.
The day of team-building activities and friendly competition games had six to eighth-graders working together in teams of two for such events as track and field events, including relay races, shot put, long jump and high jump, as well as big group activities, such as tug of war.
“One of the things that we look to do in the middle school is to get the students to work together on a team for a common purpose,” seventh-grade math teacher Gene Orsenigo said.
“This Field Day does that. It’s a great opportunity for them to get outside and have fun with each other. Middle school is a tight schedule so they don’t get a lot of down time, and this was a nice day for them to hang out with their friends and work toward a goal in the competition.”
Connor Mitchell, an eighth-grade math teacher, said the day provided students with the opportunity to get a sense of unity.
“We get the sixth- through eighth-graders to become one and have the chance to work together and build new relationships,” he said.
“It’s also really fun for us as teachers to come out and see the students outside of their academic settings, to see what their interests and hobbies are and how athletic they are.”
Seventh-grader Michael Randall said he enjoyed being able to get outside and play games with his friends, but he also learned important lessons.
“It’s a day where we are allowed to be competitive, but it’s also a day where we can have good sportsmanship,” he said. “We have to be competitive but we also need to be gracious winners and Ffield Day) teaches us if we lose to just move on and do better next time.”