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Fun times and Field Day in Libertyville

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  • Fifth-grader Santino Bernardi is knocked upside down as he plays Battle Balls during Field Day on Wednesday at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.

      Fifth-grader Santino Bernardi is knocked upside down as he plays Battle Balls during Field Day on Wednesday at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • First-grader Will Neff moves along the climbing wall Wednesday during Field Day at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.

      First-grader Will Neff moves along the climbing wall Wednesday during Field Day at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Second-grader Josh Felinczak rushes to find a seat in musical chairs Wednesday during Field Day at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. More than 420 students played games like musical chairs, dodgeball and water relays as part of the end-of-school-year activities.

      Second-grader Josh Felinczak rushes to find a seat in musical chairs Wednesday during Field Day at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. More than 420 students played games like musical chairs, dodgeball and water relays as part of the end-of-school-year activities.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
by Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

More than 420 students took a break from studying Wednesday to play games, get wet and compete in contests during Field Day at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.

All schools in Libertyville Elementary School District 70 held Field Day events Wednesday, an annual tradition that signals the end of the school year and start of summer vacation.

"It's a beautiful day, which is great," physical education teacher Bill Etnyre said. "The kids get to play games pretty much all day long."

Kindergartners through third-graders rotated through 14 game stations, while fourth- and fifth-graders competed in Battle Balls soccer, kick ball and a big game of capture the flag.

Musical chairs, dodgeball, water relays, bowling and a climbing wall rounded out the activities.

About 70 parent volunteers assisted with the games and the Copeland Family Association provided hot dogs for lunch.

"It's fun because we get to do a lot of fun activities like Battle Balls," said fifth grader Jake Gimbert.

Field Day concluded with an assembly entitled "History of Dance from Ballet to Breakdancing" in the afternoon.

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