Jump into summer

Carol Roehm|Commercial-NewsStudents at Northeast Elementary Magnet School celebrated the end of school with a field day on Tuesday during which they jumped on five different inflatables and toured a Danville fire station across the street from their school.

DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School students jumped — literally — at the chance to celebrate the last full day of school Tuesday with a Field Day.

The weather cooperated for the school’s beloved annual event with sunny skies and warm temperatures.

Field Day has been a tradition at the year-round school for more than 10 years. This year’s Field Day was different than in years past.

In the past, each class in each grade level would rotate through numerous activity stations where the students would spend 15 minutes before moving on to the next activity station.

This year, the grade levels were split into three groups with each group spending an hour bouncing on five different inflatables. The groups also walked across the street to a Danville fire station where firefighters gave them a tour of the station.

“Three different groups got an hour on the bouncy houses,” Kate Cox, Northeast’s speech pathologist, said. “They’re having a blast.

“It’s been fun, and the weather is beautiful,” she added.

Northeast Principal Markesha Parker said that after the years of offering many activities during Field Day, “We found that the kids just wanted to jump.”

Parker said the extended time the children spent with the inflatables at this year’s event allowed the teachers the time to pack up their classrooms Tuesday morning.

“We wanted to give the teachers a chance to pack because in the past they had to stay out here the whole time (during Field Day),” she said. “We gave the teachers the morning off to finish up in their classrooms, and the teachers appreciated that time.”

In the afternoon, younger students participated in some of the original activities from past Field Days, such as relay races and playing with a parachute. The fifth- and sixth-graders were given an additional 30-35 minutes on the inflatables.