Story by Sara Paul
A golden sun peeked through the clouds on Golden Hill Elementary School’s Field Day on Fri., Jun. 15. A breezy morning turned warm afternoon was the ideal climate for the 300 plus students to enjoy sports, carnival-like activities, free-style DJ dancing, and more at the Florida, NY school.
The PTA-sponsored event is typically led by Golden Hill physical education teacher, Coach Richard Dever. This year’s event was also an honor to his retirement after 35 years of service.
Students rotated between outdoor activities with the gymnasium that also equipped with pumpin’ beats, provided by Party Time Productions. At the top of the hill, games ranged from spinning hula hoops and tossing frisbees to throwing volleyballs and giant parachutes.
Dozens of adult volunteers helped with coordination and safety efforts and all enjoyed water and snack stations. S&SO Produce donated watermelons for the event.
There was a special visit from Winnie, a week-old calf, from Ackerly Dairy Farms in Vernon, NJ. Winnie was accompanied by Orange County Dairy Princess, Olivia Parkin, and Dairy Ambassador Hannah Oaks. The trio was on hand to educate attendees on the importance of dairy, particularly milk, in people’s diets.
A musical festival of the senses and a laser light show, provided by Prismatic Magic, took place in the gym, and an outdoor blow up apparatuses were set up by the Spencer Daniels Agency.
PTA President and event coordinator Kevin Lundell was inspired by the day’s success saying, “Overall, the foundation that coordinates this day is Mr. Dever, and we will certainly miss his pivotal role in organizing Field Day. The PTA is always excited to participate and help facilitate the event. Our volunteers are dedicated to help make Field Day one of the best events of the year. The kids work so hard all year long and it’s certainly a reward to reflect that.”
Principal Debi Lisack said, “All of our students were excited, adventurous and kind to one another. You can’t beat sunshine, happy children and fun!”