For the students at Travis Elementary School, their day can be summed up by the phrase “best day ever.”
As a reward for their hard work, Travis hosted a day of fun and learning for all students during their field day on Nov. 20. The playground and gymnasium were filled with multiple stations where students could participate in different games and activities.
“Today is a great time to celebrate each other, and for teachers to have a good time with their kids before we break for the holidays,” said Tiffany Salinas, principal at Travis. “We all get to have some fun, get outside, spend time with friends, and do something different.”
To keep the day educational, each station was designed to follow a patriotic theme, said Amy Flores, physical education teacher at Travis. Each station was a perfect mix of informative and physical, and was select to compliment the recent election and Veteran’s Day.
If you looked any where on the field, students could be seen running to the voting polls, balancing a ball dressed like the Statue of Liberty or tossing a bean bag to a cutout Uncle Sam. Members of the Harlingen High School South ROTC were also there to give students a helping hand.
“Events like these emphasis their focus is on the child, what’s best for them,” said School Board Member Gerry Fleuriet. “It pairs education with physical activity, and physical activity is proven to increase intellectual stimulation.”
By the excited looks on the students’ faces, the lessons were well received. As each classroom changed stations, the students could be heard reciting points from the lesson they had just gone over.
The outcome of the day emphasizes the benefit of the combination of physical and intellectual activity, and encourages the possibility of hosting similar events.
“In the Rio Grande Valley, we have to make sure our students learn in the classroom, and understand that being physically fit is equally important,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “When we combine fitness with learning activities, we create an environment for students to excel in both areas. A student who is well rounded is also more engaged in the classroom.”