DeShaun Stevenson falls from dizziness after spinning round and round with his forehead on a Wiffle ball bat in one of the activities.

DeShaun Stevenson is so dizzy he falls while running back to his team after spinning round and round with his forehead on the end of a Wiffle ball bat in one of the activities.

Students enjoy annual May afternoon outdoors

 
McGrath Elementary School students enjoyed an afternoon playing outdoors at their annual field day on Friday, May 13.

All classes from kindergarten through fifth grade streamed to the playground at 12:30 and spent the rest of the school day enjoying a dozen activities organized by the students’ fathers. A teacher and his or her class would spend about 15 minutes on each activity before rotating to the next one.

“Field day is right up there with Christmas and Halloween for these kids,” said one of the fathers, Brentwood Mayor Chris Thornton.

Also on hand, once again, was entertainer Penny Pop. She’s rightly named because she played pop music through a PA system and handed out Popsicles. She also let students take turns singing along through a microphone.

All photos by Steve Bowman

The fathers line up for a photo beforehand, while they still have strength.

The fathers line up for a photo beforehand, while they still have strength.

Kathryn Smith brings her second graders to the playground.

Kathryn Smith brings her second graders to the playground.

When the students first came outdoors, some of them began chasing the play balls. Here, Tarron Jones is chased by Rebekah Gurian (middle) and Bryson Clark.

Before the games begin, Tarron Jones grabs a ball and is chased by Rebekah Gurian (middle) and Bryson Clark.

Zachary Nelson grabs the ball and runs.

Zachary Nelson grabs the ball and runs.

A father shoots students with Silly String.

A father shoots students with Silly String.

Principal Cynthia Neu announces the start of the games.

Principal Cynthia Neu announces the start of the games.

The unofficial names of the activities were as follows:

Shaving cream Wiffle ball

Above and below, Jeremy Record gets a hit.

Above and below, Jeremy Record gets a hit.

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Hit the target, spray somebody

Above and below, Carla Arnett dares students to get her wet.

As students arrive for their chance to throw, the principal’s secretary Carla Arnett dares them to get her wet.

Carla Arnett tells students she wants to go swimming.

Arnett tells students she wants to go swimming.

Jack Gronski sends a fastball to the target . . .

Jack Gronski sends a fastball to the metal target . . .

. . . and when the ball hits its mark, the principal's secretary Carla Arnett is sprayed.

. . . and when the ball hits its mark, Arnett gets drenched.

Tug-of-war

Seth Politte gives it all he's got.

Seth Politte gives it all he’s got.

Sack race

Nash Woodruff flies to the lead.

Nash Woodruff seems to fly to the lead.

Kylee Pulley tries to hop and laugh at the same time.

Kylee Pulley tries to hop and laugh at the same time.

Water balloon slingshot

Nate Schuering cocks a water balloon.

Nate Schuering pulls hard on the slingshot to get more velocity.

Julian Arciniega gets a little help from Mr. Schuering.

Julian Arciniega gets a little help from Mr. Schuering.

Students try to catch a water balloon in a laundry basket.

Students try to catch a water balloon in a laundry basket.

Beach ball volleyball

Kindergarten students work as a team to get the ball over the net.

Kindergarten students work as a team to get the ball over the net.

Soap sponge relay

Henry Gronborg uses a sponge to transfer water from one container to another.

Henry Gronborg uses a sponge to transfer water from one container to another.

Ring toss

Logan Hawkins aims for the target: a highway cone.

Logan Hawkins aims for the highway cone.

Dizzy spin relay

Taylor Houseman circles 10 laps around a Wiffle ball bat before running back to her team.

Taylor Houseman circles 10 laps around a Wiffle ball bat before running back to her team.

Water bucket relay

Liam Kraichely carries water from one container to another before it all leaks out the bottom of his bucket.

Liam Kraichely hurries to carry water from one container to another before it all leaks out the bottom of his bucket.

Shaving cream kickball

Dad volunteer Chris Thornton serves up a sloppy pitch.

Dad volunteer Chris Thornton serves up a sloppy pitch.

It looks as if Christian Henry has caught a few fly balls in shaving cream kickball.

It looks as if Christian Henry has caught a few fly balls in shaving cream kickball.

Washers

Gianni Herdlick aims a washer.

It looks as if Gianni Herdlick has played washers before.

Penny Pop’s pop music and Popsicles

Anna Reese sings along with Penny Pop's music during a Popsicle break, while Kellie McGee waits her turn for the microphone.

Anna Reese sings along with Penny Pop’s music during a Popsicle break, while Kellie McGee waits her turn for the microphone.

Above and below, Joshua Jackson seems pretty comfortable with the microphone.

Above and below, Joshua Jackson seems pretty comfortable with the microphone.

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