More than 750 students and their teachers at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield enjoyed a Field Day on June 8. The first of what the school hopes to be an annual event was “extremely successful,” according to Assistant Principal Brian Gechtman.  

 “Our leadership team sat down in late September and came up with a few ideas to build on the aspect of resiliency,” explained Gechtman. “Our ultimate goal became forming teams of students who did not know each other in order to build new friendships and understand the meaning of teamwork,” he added. 

Roosevelt 8th Grade Counselor Christine Trottere (pictured atop the tank), one of six staff members who braved the cold water of the dunk tank, stated, “I volunteered for the dunk tank to show my spirit for Roosevelt School and all of our students. It was very cold but our kids are worth it.”

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Seventh grader Kieran Koenke commented, “Field Day was a blast. I loved being one of a few able to hit the dunk target.” 

Eighth grader Alexa Cassiba agreed, “This is so much fun. Dunking was my favorite and definitely the teachers were good sports.” 

In addition to the dunk tank, other activities included volleyball, sack races, ultimate Frisbee, three-legged races, tug-of-war, kickball, crossword puzzles and a free throw contest. The school’s PTSO purchased items for the event and offered assistance throughout the day.