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Local students enjoy field day

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy
Fourth grade student Elijah Blige takes his turn during a game of limbo Friday afternoon at Shiloh Elementary’s field day. Jelah Anderson, a volunteer for the event, watches.

Staff Photo: Frank Reddy Fourth grade student Elijah Blige takes his turn during a game of limbo Friday afternoon at Shiloh Elementary’s field day. Jelah Anderson, a volunteer for the event, watches.

SNELLVILLE -- Elijah Blige took his time inching under the limbo stick.

It was about the only activity the fourth grade Shiloh student slowed down for Friday afternoon.

After deciding that limbo wasn't his strong suit, Blige returned to his favorite activity. "I like to run!" the boy said, a smile spreading across his face.

In a familiar scenario played out on school yards all over Gwinnett County, Shiloh Elementary celebrated several hours of indoor and outdoor fun known as field day.

Chuck Truett, director for health and physical education at Gwinnett County Public Schools, said schools can decide whether or not to hold a field day. Many do, while others don't.

"It is not associated directly with instruction, but it is a way for kids who have participated in physical education to show off some of the things they've learned," Truett said.

The common denominator for field days across the county, Truett said, is the "feeling of camaraderie.

"It builds camaraderie in the school and a sense of community in the school," he said.

Shiloh student Lauren Swoopes might agree. The fourth grader said she enjoyed the chance Friday "to play with my friends in the gym."

Shiloh physical education instructor Larry Satchwell described field day as "a field trip for physical education.

"These kids are all excited," Satchwell said. "Some of them are so overwhelmed, they don't even know where to start."

When asked Friday what his favorite thing about field day was, fifth grade student Essiah Ford replied: "Pretty much everything."

Friend Tovi Odom, a third grade student, agreed.

"Yeah, everything. Everything's fun today."