By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Last year, Shannon Elementary students worked hard to help the school earn a Successful ranking from the state.
On Friday, they celebrated the results of that work.
Shannon Elementary hosted a Fun Day to recognize its students after the third- to fifth-grade school improved its ranking from Academic Watch in 2009 to Successful this year.
Inflatable bouncers and slides decorated the school’s front yard, and speakers near the front entrance jammed with music. Parents grilled hot dogs, which the students ate for lunch along with chips and ice cream that was donated to the school.
The students spent the day rotating between the inflatable equipment, the gym, where they danced to various hits, and the playground, which became the site of potato sack and relay races.
“It is always important to celebrate success, not just for students who scored proficient and advanced but for all students,” Shannon Principal Ida Brand said. “They all play a vital role in the success of the school. It is good for them to know that you care about them and appreciate what they’re doing.”
Sixth- and seventh-grade students from Shannon Middle School joined the festivities during the morning. Many of those students attended Shannon Elementary last year when it was a third- to sixth-grade school.
Fifth-grader Caleb Vance said his favorite part of the day was getting to jump in the inflatable bouncer.
“I got to jump around and act crazy,” he said.
He said he wants to work hard to help the school maintain its ranking.
“It makes me strive,” he said. “When I make a bad grade, I have to keep working at it to get a good one.”
Fellow fifth-grader Martavious Fells said that Brand told the students that if they continue to be successful, the school would have another Fun Day next year.
“If you work hard,” he said, “you get to do more fun stuff like this.”
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