BRAWLEY – Myron D. Witter School revitalized Track and Field Day on April 1st and 2nd, for the first time in 15 years to promote healthy lifestyles and physically fitness, also as an attempt to improve attendance before and after spring break.
Families, teachers, and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) members worked together to organize the two day event for Witter Elementary School’s 800 students, according to school principal Debra Hale.
“It’s so wonderful to see the community come together for an event like this, to encourage a healthy lifestyle and the importance of attending school on a daily basis,” Hale said.
The entire school celebrated with an opening ceremony Wednesday morning with many parents and families arriving at the school to show their support.
The event occurred during the two days before children were released for spring break, then with an awards ceremony scheduled the first day after students return from vacation.
During opening ceremony Wednesday morning, first grade teacher Kelly Rodriguez sang the National Anthem and a student led the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Principal Hale reminded students to be supportive of each other and practice good sportsmanship before starting the two day event with a jump rope competition.
Each student participated in two events. Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and the Imperial County of Education Special Needs classes competed on Wednesday. First, second and third classes competed on Thursday.
Individual awards will be awarded for each event, with a special sportsmanship award given to one outstanding student. Four anonymous judges were specifically tasked with picking the sportsmanship recipient during the two day event.
One seven year old, Daydrien Benavides looked forward to the competition and had high expectations for winning.
“I play basketball,” said Daydrien, giving his reason for likely success. His favorite team being the Los Angeles Lakers, he thought would help him in the jump rope and basketball events.