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Monday, November 4, 2013

Sports Day at Navunisea District School

The other day, Navunisea school held a special event called "Sports Day".  What a way to spend the day!  Much like the sports days I remember from my own primary school days, it was an opportunity for the kids to let loose and have a good time.  The school was divided into four 'houses': red, green, blue, and yellow.  Each house had students from each age group, who competed in a series of races and relays.

Walking around the field, you could not help but be drawn in by the infectious energy.  As each race heat came and went, the excitement grew.  Kids stood all around the track cheering for their teams, screaming as the runners went by. The day started with 1500m races for the 12-14 year olds, followed by 50m races for ages 6-11.  The excitement was so great that the 6 year olds running the first 50m race completely missed the finish line and kept running around the track.  The whole crowd completely loved it, laughing and chasing the kids all the way around.

I got to work with the teachers and other volunteers to help tally scores and run the races.  Cheering along with the students, I had a great time working at the finish line.  It was great getting to spend more time with the kids from my class, playing outside and skipping rope.  Starting races was really fun too.  At the starting line, the kids joked with each other as they warmed up.  Some got so excited that they started running before the signal, which was always entertaining.  The day was a lot of fun, and a well-deserved break from classwork.

Steve Nemroff, USA
 4 week Education Volunteer Dawasamu