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Belmar Elementary School Gives Students a Lesson in Field Day Fun

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It’s time to get wet for these older Belmar Elementary School students as their younger schoolmates take their turns at the sponge toss table during Field Day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmary Elementary School art instructor Mary DeCotiis was one of the hand- and face-painters at this year’s Field Day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Elementary School students line up to enter the inflatable obstacle course during Field Day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Music director Tom Brennan makes sure to keep the ball moving during the basketball challenge at Belmar Elementary School’s Field Day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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There was something for every student — and then some — during Belmar Elementary School’s Field Day. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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This student gets a good running start at the high jump challenge during Field Day at Belmar Elementary School. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Belmar Elementary School students say farewell to teacher Joseph Moynihan during Field Day, by showing their appreciation with these two specially created banners.
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Belmar Elementary School teacher Joseph Moynihan is retiring after 25 years at the school, where he also graduated. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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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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