Big hit By David Lias No one can accuse officials at Jolley Elementary School of letting the academic year simply come to a quiet end.
With only a few weeks of classes left, school officials and community volunteers pulled out all the stops, holding the first Special Interest Day on May 6.
Ruby Plate stood outside of the school building with one of her horses, attracting a small gathering of kids eager to pet the animal.
Other outdoor activities included baton twirling taught by Heather Reeves, football tips from members of the USD gridiron team, a demonstration of life-saving techniques by Vermillion EMTs, and a talk about hot rods by Scott Henderson.
Inside the school, students could take guitar lessons, get their hair braided, learn about scrapbooking � and more.
�We ended up with 38 different stations,� Barb Schwartz, elementary guidance counselor, said. �The children got to list their top five choices, and we did the best we could in getting them to those sessions.�
The students filled out evaluation forms following the special day.
�They are just fun to read,� Schwartz said. �One of the students who got to spend time with the USD football players said it was the best day of his life. I think this could turn into an annual event, since the kids really did enjoy it.�
Schwartz said teachers and other school staff met several times to plan the special day.
�We brainstormed � we talked about what the kids are always talking about and tried to bring that here,� she said. �We mixed academics with day-to-day things.�
Special Interest Day wouldn�t have been possible without outside help.
�I couldn�t believe how the community came forth � most everyone we asked was glad to do it if they didn�t have a schedule conflict.�