PARKERSBURG -Schools throughout Wood County are racing toward summer break with year-end activities.
Principal Melissa Powers said Franklin Elementary Center students will participate in the school's annual field day activities on Monday, which includes a variety of relay events, activities and a dunk tank.
"It's set up in stations, and the kids rotate through the stations in the morning or afternoon depending on grade level," she said.
Powers said having events such as field day is an important way to reward the students for a productive school year.
"The kids work so hard all year long, and we're so focused on getting everything covered in the curriculum, it's a nice way to wrap up the school year on a fun, positive note," she said. "It's a good way to start summer."
In addition to the planned field day, Powers said this is the time of year when classes take field trips and begin planning for the fall.
"We had a Bump Day where the kids can see what happens with their next grade level," she said.
Students will wrap up the last day of school Tuesday with a variety show, "where they can showcase some of their talents," Powers said. The school also will hold a summer reading book giveaway this week.
Greenmont Elementary School Principal Brett Ubbens said his school has teamed up with Jackson Middle School to promote student interest in middle school band. The Jackson band, about 70 students strong, will tour Greenmont this afternoon, demonstrating instruments and talking to students.
"They do this every year as a recruiting tool, and it has really built up interest in the band," Ubbens said.
Greenmont will hold field day events Thursday for kindergarten through second grades. Friday morning will be the school's fifth-grade graduation and that afternoon will be the school talent show.
Monday morning the school will hold a volleyball game with students facing off against teachers, and that afternoon will hold field day events for grades 3-5.
"I absolutely love it," Ubbens said of these special events. "The more we can do for our kids and with our kids the better off everyone is going to be. We also try to bring the parents in for as much of this as possible because we couldn't do any of this without parental support."
Emerson Elementary School will hold field day activities today, said Principal Penny Coleman, which includes relay races, water activities and a variety of physical challenges.
"They are all physical kinds of things to get the kids up and moving," she said.
Coleman said one of the school's most important and popular events will be held Monday immediately after school. The annual family cookout always draws a crowd, she said.
"This is the third year we have done a family cookout at the end of school," she said. The event features food, activities, a bouncy house and some items for the students to take home.
"The most important part of this is each student takes home a free book and we give out packets telling what the students need to be ready for the new school year," Coleman said. "Also, they will have a reading log, and if they fill that out over the summer and bring it back at the beginning of the new school year they get an additional free book. We also include a list of web sites with summer activity ideas."
Waverly Elementary School held its annual "Hand to Hand" program Tuesday evening, where pre-kindergarten students transition into kindergarten, said school secretary Rachel Copen. Last week the school held a pre-kindergarten graduation program for students and parents, and on Monday held a sixth-grade graduation program for those students who will this fall attend Williamstown High School, which serves grades 7-12.
Thursday evening the school will hold its annual student talent show, and on Friday students will participate in a variety of field day activities, she said.
For more information on other end-of-year activities, contact your local school directly.