SOMERSET, NJ - Elizabeth Avenue students had the opportunity to get a taste of what life would be like at the high school May 26, during their annual field day.

Elizabeth Avenue School (EAS) Physical Education/Health Teachers Stephanie Francis and Jason Yanchuck led the organizational efforts for the day's events.

Francis and Yanchuck learned last June that the venue would need to be moved to the high school due to construction at Elizabeth Avenue School. 

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They started the planning in September, and called on EAS administration, volunteer parents and student helpers from the high school to make the day a success. 

"The kids have known for a while that it wasn't going to be at our building, but I don't think we told them the magnitude of what was going to happen," Francis said. 

The Food Services Department used the field day to fire up the new grill and give the students a free barbecue lunch. 

"This was our first use of the grill and we plan on doing more events like this, with other field days at other locations," Director of Food and Nutrition Services Margaret M. DeBlasi said. 

The students had the opportunity to play many activities they were familiar with from gym class, and they had a few surprises too.

"We gave them the five big surprises," Yanchuck said. "The kids had free ice cream, inflatables, an obstacle course, and slides. They also got to play on a fire truck and spray the hose."

Francis and Yanchuck wanted to thank EAS Principal John J. Haney, EAS administration, the board of education, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravally, Food Services Department, Supervisor of Health & Physical Education, Rebekah Solomon, Coordinator of Policies, Regulations and Communications, Mary Clark, FHS Principal Cheryl Clark and all of the high school staff that helped. 

Sampson G. Smith Physical Education Teacher Sean Cox was the DJ for the event he will be hosting SGS' field day this Friday with his phys ed counterparts. 

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