Laughter fills the air during Brookfield learning showcase

Raissa Tetanish
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Published on June 03, 2014

Students at Brookfield Elementary School play some short games of soccer during a Service Learning Showcase held at the school on Monday. Students from South Colchester Academy’s O2 course hosted the event. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Students at Brookfield Elementary School play some short games of soccer during a Service Learning Showcase held at the school on Monday. Students from South Colchester Academy’s O2 course hosted the event. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Primary student Carissa Zettle concentrated on keeping her whiffle ball on a spoon during Monday’s Service Learning Showcase hosted at Brookfield Elementary School. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Grade Primary student Audra Lavers and Caleb Matheson of Grade 1, both at Brookfield Elementary School, were chosen to plays cats in a ‘cat and mouse’ parachute game on Monday. South Colchester Academy’s O2 students hosted a field day for the elementary students as part of Service Learning Week. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Rylan Sutherland, a Grade 1 student at Brookfield Elementary School, had perfect aim during a Service Learning Showcase beanbag toss on Monday. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Brookfield Elementary School Grade 1 student Sophie Fisher aims for the top spot during a beanbag toss at the school on Monday. Students from the O2 course at South Colchester Academy hosted the field day for the students.

Published on June 03, 2014

Hunter Elliott, a Grade 1 student at Brookfield Elementary School, hops along during a potato sack race on Monday as part of a Service Learning Showcase hosted by O2 students from South Colchester Academy. 

Published on June 03, 2014

Brayden Green carefully carries a whiffle ball during an event at Brookfield Elementary School on Monday. Students such as Brayden, who is in Grade Primary, spent have the day playing games hosted by students from the O2 class at South Colchester Academy. 

‘We work on academics, but we don’t work on the soft skills’

BROOKFIELD – Elementary students here had some fun on Monday, all while helping older youth.

Students in the O2 class at South Colchester Academy planned a Service Learning Showcase for Brookfield Elementary School students as part of Service Learning Week.

“We’re hosting sort of a field day for them, and getting them to have some fun,” said Kyle Ashley, a Grade 10 student. “We picked this field day for our last assignment.”

The O2 course, said Kyle, allows students to get more of an idea as to what they may want to do when they graduate.

“There’s a lot of community-based learning and we have to include a volunteer project, and this is part of that volunteer project,” added Lauren Stewart, also in Grade 10.

Monday morning saw students from Grades 4 to 6 participate in a number of activities. The afternoon was tailored to those in primary through Grade 3, and included crafts, face painting, soccer, obstacle courses, basketball, four-square, and even parachute games and beanbag toss. (Click here to view a slideshow.)

All students were also provided with water and healthy snacks, with watermelon being most popular.

“We did all the planning for the event,” said Kyle, adding he and another two of his classmates built two beanbag toss boxes for the occasion. “We all decided on the things that would be good for the different age groups.”

The activity day helped older students get to know the younger ones a little better, all while volunteering some time.

“It helps with confidence as well,” said Lauren.

Throughout the day, the young students showed how much fun they were having by their screams, smiles and laughter.

“They were all really excited and energetic, and some were excited to get away from math – I heard a couple of them say that,” said Kyle.

For Jody Arenburg, the O2 teacher at the school, she said the day was a chance for the teenagers to build skills they might not necessarily get in the classroom.

“We work on academics, but we don’t work on the soft skills,” she said. “And it’s also about community and doing something for the community for no real personal gain.”

She said the activity gave some students the opportunity to step up and lead, which they might not do in the school setting very often.

“Some are real leaders and are very creative. There are some students that have stepped up and taken on roles instead of just on pen and paper,” the teacher said.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: South Colchester Academy, Brookfield Elementary School

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