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story.lead_photo.caption Photo by Brandi Brown Two young ladies steer their roller racer scooters as they near the finish line in a close race at the annual Buddy Day at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. Tricycle races and sack races were also conducted during the fun day of activities Friday, May 3.

GRAVETTE -- Students and staff at Glenn Duffy Elementary School held their annual Buddy Day, Friday, May 3, at the school. Since thunderstorms were forecast in the afternoon, activities began earlier in the day and events were moved up to ensure that all students had their chance to spend time on the playground before rainy weather moved in.

All the students and staff look forward to Buddy Day each year because it provides a fun-filled day for both students and teachers to enjoy activities outside the classroom. It is designed to reward the students for their hard work throughout the year, according to Buddy Day coordinator, Melissa Pittman.

Each student is assigned a buddy for the day, and these teams participate in activities for about two hours during the Buddy Day event. Buddies are paired up throughout the day so they are learning to communicate with their fellow students and work together as a team.

Approximately 20 stations were set up on the playground, at which students participated in a wide variety of activities including sack races, trike races, hopper races, scooter races, water play activities, putt-putt golfing, bean bag toss, hula hoops, digging for treasures in a dino dig, face painting and fingernail polishing. Inflatable bounce houses were set up on the playground for student use, and a "Lion Theater" was set up in the gym for them to enjoy when they returned to the building.

Students from the junior high and high school helped out at each station, giving them a chance to interact with the younger students and get experience with volunteering. Volunteers this year included members of the senior high basketball team, junior high and senior high cheer squads and OT (Orientation-to-Teaching) students.

Bottled water, juice drinks and snacks were provided for each student.

Community on 05/15/2019

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