Manistee Elementary students enjoy outdoor activities

MANISTEE – Public school elementary students in the Manistee area enjoyed some fresh air this week during the annual year-end field day.

“It’s kind of our fun way to end the school year,” said teacher Wendy Adamski. “Kids really like it.”

The event lasted three days, with kindergarten and third graders traveling to Manistee Middle High School on Tuesday, first and fourth graders on Wednesday, and second and fifth graders participating on Thursday.

Between a tug of war, a bouncy house, an obstacle course and other events, the students had plenty to do.

“Kennedy’s kids come all day. They’re in the stadium in the morning, they’re in six competitions, and there’s tug-of-war and fun stuff there as well,” Adamski said. “Then they have lunch. The food service (department) does a wonderful job – today they gave all the fifth and second graders a bag lunch, which is cool.

“…Then the Jefferson kids arrive in the afternoon,” Adamski continued. “There’s nothing competitive about it. There’s 11 different stations they’re shooting at.”

Smoothie bikes have made a triumphant return to the field, allowing students to blend their own smoothies while pedaling a bike.

“(Michigan State University) Extension is bringing their smoothie bikes — Caitlin Lorenc is her name,” Adamski said. “It came back this year and it’s still a big hit with the kids. They love to ride smoothie bikes.”

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Each day was crowned by a run.

“We end the day with a 100 meter race – one girl and one boy from each class,” Adamski said. “We have a traveling trophy, so we keep track of the points for the day and for each grade level. A class gets their name engraved on the traveling trophy each year.”