Mapleton schools take a day for fun


Mapleton senior Emily Neece had a fun afternoon playing games like Uno with students from Mapleton Elementary School. Photo by Zac Burtt/Siuslaw News

Upriver schools host Field and Fun Days

Oct. 25, 2022 — On Thursday, Oct. 20, most of the staff of Mapleton schools took the day off from standard school activities and attended an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

That left a whole bunch of upriver kids without very many teachers for the day.

Teacher Vanessa Clemons and her Community Wellness class had just the idea. They would put on a combination Field and Fun Day for all the students in Mapleton School District.

In the morning, the Community Wellness class held the Field Day portion of the activities. These activities included tug-o-war, an obstacle course, football pass, corn hole and green-light/red-light.

“My favorite part of the morning was when were supposed to do the bean bag race,” said Emily Neece, a senior at Mapleton High. “We didn’t even really do the race. We ended up doing other stuff which was fun.”

You’d be hard pressed to find a Sailor of any age that wasn’t having a good time in the morning, afternoon and at lunch.

“We just had a lot of fun,” said sophomore Alex Burnett. “Then, after the morning Field Day activities, we had pizza for lunch.”

After lunch, the kids switched to what they called Fun Day. These activities included pumpkin painting for younger kids and pumpkin carving for the older kids, T-shirt tie-dying and computer and board games.

“This day is so we can do something fun with high school, middle school and elementary school all together,” said senior Jeff Bernhardt. “In the computer lab, all of us high schoolers paired up with different grades from kindergarten to second grader and were just playing games with them … you know, trying to make the day fun.”

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