Dublin Middle School held a ‘Dukes For A Cure’ Relay For Life Field Day on Thursday.
The event, which took place on the athletic field, was staggered throughout the day so that each grade could participate. P.E. and Exploratory (art, music, band, technical education, info tech and family and consumer science) students helped set up the event, and all students took part during their normal P.E. and Exploratory classes.
In addition to walking laps on the track to support cancer awareness, Field Day offered both free and paid events. For a quarter, students could play foursquare, hacky sack, ladder ball or cornhole, as well as get bracelets or face painting done. Free events comprised kick ball, soccer, hula hoops and frisbee. Concessions were also 25 cents and included apples, popcorn, cookies, ice pops and bottled water.
In addition to other goodies and activities, a popular pastime was putting people in “jail,” a large cardboard box painted black with a barred window cut out. For $1 students could have each other jailed and a 25 cent “bail” sprung them.
“It’s fun,” said Jada Quesinberry, 14, an eighth grade student, of Field Day. “It’s a good way to get to the world and help people.”
Faith Turpin, 14, also an eighth grade student, said, “I like it. To be with everybody, to come and raise money for it (Relay For Life). It’s good to do.”
Rosita Perry, a Dublin Middle School teacher who also helped organize the events, said, “It’s important to remember those who have gone on before us and suffered from cancer. When you take it to the schools and the kids get involved, and they see how they can impact cancer research, and help out people who are suffering, it’s so exciting to know we can do something.”
PTA President Regina Fields, who also helped coordinate food and water donations for the event, was pleased. I think they’ve done well today,” she said. “I think everyone seemed to have a really good time. The kids were just really well behaved. The kids who helped just jumped right in and gave a hand.”
Local businesses that donated bottled water and popsicles for the event include BB&T of Dublin, CVS of Dublin and Pulaski, Food City of Pulaski, the Rte. 99 Food Lion of Pulaski, Kroger of Fairlawn and Walgreen’s of Dublin and Pulaski.