BELMAR — Students and staff from Belmar Elementary school enjoyed a number of games, activities and treats during their annual Field Day on Friday, May 27. The popular event hadn’t been held in two years due to the pandemic.
The event is organized by the Field Day Committee; Ms. Wendy Kubu [chair], Kevin O’Donnell, Stephanie Travers, Randy Livingood and Meg Ochenduszko. Additionally, the committee received help from 20 Belmar Elementary School Peer Leaders, whose ages ranged from 7 and 8. The peer leaders were responsible for walking with all groups, assisting with water, and “making sure they’re having fun.”
“I was very happy to return to a sense of normalcy after a two-year hiatus due to COVID… Our student’s happiness is the driving force behind all the hard work,” said Ms. Kubu. “Over 100 hours of planning were put into field day but seeing our students so happy and grateful makes it all worth it.”
A number of generous neighbors also assisted with the return of Field Day, including Chefs International, who donated 500 t-shirts, and Bar Anticipation, who provided all of the water. Other groups who volunteered include the PTA, the Belmar/Lake Como Kids Club, the Belmar Department of Public Works [DPW] and others.
Some of the activities enjoyed included face painting, an obstacle course and even a bouncy house, provided by the DPW. Treats included Italian ice, provided by the student council, breakfast and even a cotton candy machine.
“Belmar Elementary School administration deeply appreciates the dedication and commitment of staff and parent volunteers who worked tirelessly to make field day so special to our students…Field Day is an annual event that marks the beginning of our end-of-year celebrations… It’s a time for our students to enjoy school without being in the classroom,” said Principal Sarah Wilton. “Field Day provides many opportunities for our students to co-mingle with other students they would not normally be grouped with in a fun and positive manner.”
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