MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Monday, Nov. 21, will be a day long remembered by Fulmar Road Elementary School’s fifth graders. It was a day when they left their rigorous academic workloads and gave thanks to being a kid by taking part in math football’s version of Turkey Bowl XXII.
The games were centered on promoting math-fact mastery, which was exhibited by each team taking part in a two-minute drill that showcased the math facts mastered by each team. Mastery of math facts earned teams advantage penalty flags and proved crucial in the winning of games in the Turkey Bowl playoffs.
Games were guided by the play of four quarterbacks featuring Principal Gary Chadwick and D.A.R.E. Officer Frank Chibbaro, as well as fifth-grade Fulmar teachers. Twelve teams of fifth graders took part in the games and their enthusiasm was displayed by their matching uniforms and face paint.
The weather and field conditions resembled more of Green Bay’s famous Lambeau Field where as the field was snow-covered and the wind made temperatures feel-like the frozen tundra.
Jerry Ward, Fulmar’s head custodian, was seen in the early hours of the morning blowing the snow off the field with a leaf blower so the kids could be assured of a memorable day.
The day culminated with the Washington Redskins winning Turkey Bowl XXII and all the students enjoyed apple pies, hot chocolate, and donuts donated from local venders.
School officials thanked Carlos and Lupe Wong at JC Wong McDonalds in Mahopac Village Center and the Dunkin Donuts in Mahopac for all the food donations, as well as the parents who helped.