Pottstown Middle School fifth grade students took a break from their regular academic classroom subjects to take part in an afternoon of physical activities designed to challenge their agility, stamina, and ability to work as a team.

Fifth grade teachers Mike DiDonato and Mandy Langdon organized and designed the program.

The students participated in the activities held in the school district stadium. They took part in the standard outdoor activities such as the 50 yard dash, baton relay race, and long jump. They were challenged with new activities such as the fastest draw in the west which challenged students to gain possession of flags that each student was issued. Field events included a homerun derby, sack race, tug of war, football toss, and soccer goal kick.

DiDonato said, 'These activities are all part of our school district-wide energizer activities - the goal of which are to help stimulate students' academic progress.'

As the afternoon wore on, students enjoyed a refreshing sponge and pool relay race and all received popsicles to refresh them.

'I am proud to have members of our Centurion Club assist in the organization and administration of these games,' said Langdon. 'Without their help, we would not have been able to have these activities.'

'Our students have benefitted greatly this year from our school district's emphasis on understanding the relationship between healthy bodies and healthy minds,' said Principal Matt Boyer.

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