William Perry Elementary students spent Wednesday enjoying a school field day that featured such fun attractions as a foam machine, a long slide and an inflatable obstacle course.
Joining the kids on one of the last days of the school year were several members of this year’s Waynesboro Generals baseball team.
Wednesday was a fitting conclusion to a long school year for the students, and a welcome for the Generals, who begin their Valley League season Friday night against the Staunton Braves.
The students clearly enjoyed being outdoors on a mild spring day.
“They have worked hard all year,” William Perry Principal Julie Zook said of her students.
She said the pupils spent much of this month taking tests, including Standards of Learning math tests that were more strenuous this year.
Perry physical education teacher Dani Almarode called the field day a “breath of fresh air.”
“This lets them unwind,” said Almarode, who said the Perry students have strived to meet her high expectations.
The day allowed the participating Generals to adapt to their new surroundings in a relaxed atmosphere. The players will take the field for 44 games over the next two months.
Generals shortstop Caleb Palensky plays baseball for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
“It’s nice to give back to the community,” Palensky said of Wednesday’s volunteer work at the Perry field day. “A lot of these kids will be at our games. They will support us. The community will do a lot for us.”
Generals pitcher Kyle Allen comes to Waynesboro from Butler University.
He already feels at home.
“We have been welcomed at the YMCA, and the host families have fed us well,” he said.
The Perry field day was capped by afternoon activities that included Zook engaging in a jousting competition with one of her fellow administrators.
School fundraisers offset the costs of Wednesday’s field day, Zook said.
Students wore T-shirts they paid for in honor of the day, she said.