A Tradition Continued: Cobb Schools Get Pumped Up for National Field Day

More than 65 Cobb schools participated in the OPEN National Field Day (NFD) event on May 8. 

Field Day is an important tradition in schools across Cobb, and the national event gave students and staff an opportunity to keep the field day alive, even during the days of COVID-19.  The national event was a unique way to stay connected as a community and support one another in a fun and meaningful way. 

“National Field Day was a HUGE success at Murdock Elementary,” said P.E. Teacher Karen Lane. “It was super to see such excitement and enthusiasm while students were virtually learning. If only for one day, I believe every student, staff member, or family member that engaged in the activities left feeling happy and a little out of breath. It was an honor to be a part of it!” 

OPEN (Online Physical Education Network) is a national public service organization that provides curriculum and training support to more than 90,000 teachers in all 50 states. OPEN used its resources and social media network to help organize Cobb’s participation in National Field Day. The theme for the event was “Keep Your Head Up.” 

“OPEN made everything very user-friendly,” said Emily Adams from Kennesaw Elementary. “I liked being able to share the documents and videos with the students. This was a great opportunity to still have fun with games since we were not able to be together at our own schools.” 

The teachers even got in on the action with a torch run. Check out the video! 

All National Field Day events were designed to be done indoors or outdoors using common household items. So, families did not need any specialized equipment or supplies. 

“I was even able to get my family in Texas involved and it was a great bonding experience,” said Bobbie Isom from South Cobb. “We Facetimed each other and did the activities together. We had a lot of fun, and we would love to do this again.”  

Here’s how it worked: 

  • Cobb schools registered as a participant in the National Field Day event.  
  • As a part of registration, registered Cobb schools received email updates each week with new resources that were shared with families. Updates were also posted via social media using #NationalFieldDay. 
  • Registered schools received event cards to allow students to begin practicing as a part of their at-home physical education lessons. 

Teacher Beth Evans and her son created the video below to show how many Compton Elementary School families got involved. Look at all the fun! 

Cobb Families also participated in Spirit Week, including the following events that led up to field day: 

  • Monday, May 4th – Exercise Day  
  • Tuesday, May 5th – Healthy Snack Day  
  • Wednesday, May 6th – Career Day  
  • Thursday, May 7th – School Spirit Day  
  • Friday, May 8th – Family Game Day  

“Field Day is one of the most exciting events of the year for elementary school students,” said Birney Elementary P.E. Teacher Johnelia Wilkerson. “The theme of ‘Keep Your Head Up’ inspired students, families, teachers, and administration to participate. The collaborative work in the district and among physical educators was a true testament that ‘we are in this together!’”