Stearley Heights Elementary students have a smashing good time!

by Angie Fino, Stearley Heights Elementary School
Stripes Guam

All students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Stearley Heights Elementary School on Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan were given the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters from storybooks and participate in the Book Character Parade where they could share their amazingly creative costumes.   The characters portrayed included Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson and a lot of Chica Chica Boom Boom trees from kindergarten students in Mrs. Shepard’s class.  Students enjoyed parading and waving to their parents, teachers, friends and peers as they circled the school grounds.

Following the parade, everyone assembled behind the school to view the Fifth grade student entries in the Stearley Heights Elementary School First Annual Pumpkin Drop.  School Principal, Kevin Olds, had challenged all fifth grade students to design a container which would protect a large pumpkin from breaking when dropped to the ground from  the 2nd floor of the school. Students worked in collaborative groups of 4-5 to build the containers which had to meet certain standards.  One of the most important rules was that the students were only allowed to use recycled or reusable materials.  The winning pumpkins were those that sustained the least amount of damage.

Two groups in Mr. Neal’s fifth grade class won the contest.  Trent, Justin, Isaiah, and Stephen used recycled plastic bottles stuffed with plastic bags to protect their pumpkin.  Their 16.4 pound pumpkin survived the fall.   Angelina, Cynthia, Marlissa and Cole also won the contest and they stated that this was not only a fun activity, but there was a lot of team work involved.  Cynthia noted that it was important “to follow the rules.”

The spectators were enthusiastic during the pumpkin drop and cheered for all the teams.  Not only did this activity incorporate numerous science standards, but it also gave students a memorable experience that they will forever cherish.

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