When Dorothy Saunders and Mary Thornhill agreed to chair the first Field Day in 1962, they likely didn't know the tradition would become among the most cherished for students, teachers, and the school community. Click here to see a full view image of the three plaques with the names of those who donated their time to chair the Field Day event.
Field Day started out as a fun day for students—a break from the rigors of the classroom and a chance to socialize with friends and compete in fun games. Each class would have a money-raising project and there were chances for student to take part in a tug-of-war, relay races on Thomas Field, a cake walk, and the ever-popular teacher dunk tank.
Dawn Hollandsworth recalls her time as a student and participating in the maypole dance (bottom photo). “It was always the first event to kick off the day. Billie Ellisloved music and dance. We practiced with Josephine Fagg and dressed in costume. I vividly remember wearing a cummerbund as part of my costume,” she recalled. The focus was not on funds and the hope was to raise a little money to support the school.
The event expanded in the 1970s (in photos) when a White Elephant sale, which eventually morphed into the Big Flea, was added to the event. “I started teaching here in 1979 and remember students were asked to bring in eight to ten items from a list to donate to the sale. If all of the students brought in all of the items, the class got Friday off from school. Of corse that gave everyone the day off to help set up for the sale,” Dawn remembered. Over time, the Field Day portion of the event was dominated by vendors that provided fun games for students and the children of Big Flea shoppers.
This year, the decision was made by the school to separate Big Flea from Field Day to allow the event to return to the fun-filled day of revelry, good natured competition, and school spirit.
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