Celebrate being a kid

Teachers Collette Haslett and Rod Just take part in an all-male vs. all-female version of the balloon relay ? cheered on by students of the appropriate gender. Haslett emerged as the victor.
Teachers Collette Haslett and Rod Just take part in an all-male vs. all-female version of the balloon relay ? cheered on by students of the appropriate gender. Haslett emerged as the victor.
Students at Hillsboro Elementary School enjoyed a morning of fun games during the second annual Child?ren?s Day Celebration April 30.

The event, a cooperative effort of the Marion County Learning Center, USD 410 and Families and Communi?ties Together, actually has its roots south of the border, according to Juana Pritchard, a lead organizer.

?The Children?s Day Celebration is something we have for kids in Mexico every April 30th,? said Pritchard, who grew up in Mexico and currently works at the Learning Center. ?The main idea of this is to make the kids feel special in school.?

Typical activities from Mexico were part of the HES event. Students rotated through five stations: one featuring food, one for playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, one for chicken-wing dancing, one for breaking pinatas and one for a balloon relay.

?For me it?s a tradition that we have in Mexico, and it?s good because it runs through the school system, together with the parents,? Pritchard said.

Teegan Ratzlaff takes her turn hitting the balloon toward the end line using a ?racket? made from a paper plate and paint-stirring stick.
Teegan Ratzlaff takes her turn hitting the balloon toward the end line using a ?racket? made from a paper plate and paint-stirring stick.
Assisting with the event were several Mexican families from the community and Spanish class students from the high school.

?It went really, really well,? Pritchard said of the morning. ?Normally we start with an assembly, which includes a little bit of zumba for the kids. This year we planned for 310 kids. Last year it was 300.

Pritchard said she hopes it can be an annual event.

?I know they have Play Day (at HES), but we are hoping there can be something we can encourage our parents to be a part of,? she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sammy Phillips, D?Myia Cox, Emma Noble and Jenna Unruh (foreground, from left) enjoy their chicken-wing dance session in the HES music room.
Sammy Phillips, D?Myia Cox, Emma Noble and Jenna Unruh (foreground, from left) enjoy their chicken-wing dance session in the HES music room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romero Cruz takes a swing at a pinata while his classmates await their turn. Students from the high school Spanish class made 17 pinatas, and helped direct the event.
Romero Cruz takes a swing at a pinata while his classmates await their turn. Students from the high school Spanish class made 17 pinatas, and helped direct the event.