Welcome to Rushmore Avenue Games Day

Sixth-grade student-volunteers at Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place dedicated their afternoon on Oct. 1 to assisting in the school’s annual Welcome to Rushmore Avenue Games Day. The event, run by Carle Place physical education teacher Rob Abend, provides third-grade students with a chance to feel more “at home” in their new school while becoming more familiar with the types of activities they will be participating in throughout the year.

“This event allows third-grade students to make new friends and become more comfortable with their surroundings, all while having fun,” said Abend. “It’s also a nice opportunity for the younger students to be active.” Seven game stations, led by the upperclassmen, were set up in the school’s gymnasium. Students rotated through rounds of basketball, “Circle Gaga,” “Flinch” soft toss, plate spinning and scarf juggling, parachute, “Steal the Pin” and “Follow the Leader.”

One sixth-grader reminisced about the excitement of her very first Games Day and how it motivated her to volunteer this year. “I was so happy when I found out that I could be a part of this to help make it a great experience for them,” she said.