Last year in October, Oakdale Elementary held their 1st Annual
"Building Our Community Day" at the school. Principal Holli Armstrong
had a vision, to bring all of her students and teachers "together" to
create a lasting bond. With the help of dozens of parent volunteers, the
PTO, and local businesses, the success of this event was overwhelming.
Once again this year, Oakdale`s 300 plus students and teachers were
randomly assigned a team color (red, white, blue, green) and the
As the morning bell rang on a recent sun-drenched day, the boys and
girls in grades 1-5 gathered in the school yard for opening ceremonies.
Ms. Armstrong`s message was clear, "it takes a team, to build a
The four groups competed against one another in field events, helped
one another at various stations set up around the yard, danced together
to the music of DJ Jim in the courtyard, and thanks to Christina Casali
and Dr. Wolf`s Animal Medical Center, along with the folks at the local
Animal Rescue League, they got to see (and touch) snakes, rabbits, and
an assortment of puppies.
As much as this day was dedicated to having fun, much more gets
accomplished in the long run. Teachers and parents alike, handed out
special "chips" throughout the day, to students that exhibited good,
sportsman-like behavior. By lunchtime, the crowd had not only worked up
an appetite, but learned many valuable lessons and the sense of
comradery was evident. Friendships had been forged, between teachers,
parents, and of course... Oakdale students.
Story and Photos by: Joe Kilroy
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