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Field day a welcome treat before break
Sprinting across the field at Golden Isles Elementary School in Brunswick, third-graders Ja'rie Guilford and Alize Silla tried to maintain control of their "clown car."

The car was actually two cardboard boxes fused together with the top and bottom cut out with handles for the children's hands, a fake horn and a colorful car posted across the sides.

With a week-long spring break about to commence, it was fun time at the school, where a Clowning Around Race was about to begin.

Outdoor games and activities, held at other schools as well, are the perfect remedy for students who need to release energy before focusing on last-minute studies today - the last day before spring break.

The exercises can be good for parents, students and teachers.

At Golden Isles Elementary, the Clowning Around Race with the clown cars features team members paired up like Ja'rie and Alize working together to get across the finish line before trading with another pair on their team. As the students competed against each other, parents and friends stood on the sidelines cheering them.

Tina Daniels, mother of 12-year-old Fantasia Jones, was happy to see her daughter having fun and thankful she'd be worn out at the end of the day.

Physical education teacher and field day organizer Debbie Croslyn says getting the students outside and having fun is what it's all about. Though it's a crazy day, she says it's one of her favorites.

"It gives the kids a break because they've been studying really hard in the classroom for their upcoming Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, after spring break," Croslyn said. "They'll get out some of that extra energy and anticipation and be able to focus for the last leg before vacation."

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slund, on Facebook or at 265-8320.

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