BELMAR, NJ — If you took a poll of Belmar Elementary School students — past and present — asking them to name their favorite fun activity at the school, Field Day would rank at the top.

And this year’s all-day event did not disappoint, once again.

Memorial Field across the street from the school became a sea of moving color blocks as youngsters in matching T-shirts representing their grades bounced from station to station to enjoy a host of activities — from high jump and basketball challenges to a run in the inflatable obstacle course and a round of water sponge toss. There even was an Italian ice truck for those wanting to take a brief snack break.

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While the lower grades enjoyed the festivities in the morning of May 30, the middle grades took to the field in the afternoon.

There was a special moment at this year’s Field Day, when students said farewell to teacher Joseph Moynihan. They gathered on the grass with their classmates awaiting his arrival. Standing in back of the group were several students holding two banners they had created, saying “Thank You” … Mr. Moynihan.”

As he approached the field, Moynihan was clearly surprised by the show of gratitude. “Wow,” he said,  pausing for a moment. “You guys give me joy that you could never believe. You are the reason why I’m here. Remember, Belmar is the best school in the world, it’s a family.”

Moynihan is retiring after 25 years at the school — and is a proud Belmar Elementary School graduate.

 

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