By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Playing tug of war, “jousting” with fellow students in bounce houses, and pie-ing teachers in the face and drenching them in water in a dunking booth was part of the fun Friday at an end of year celebration on the grounds of North East Carolina Prep School (NECP).
“Primarily, these kids worked really hard on academics throughout the year. This last day it was enjoyable to see them let loose and have fun and not worry about academic,” said Taro Knight, director of communications/ community outreach for NECP. “Today was a ‘thank you’ to the students for being a great group of students all year and to the parents for supporting us all year.”
Carlton Hirschi, band director for NECP, echoed Knight’s thoughts.
“We’ve worked hard to establish this place and we’ve been successful,” he said. “It’s an end-year celebration. It gives the kids a chance to let their hair down and enjoy life.”
Ryan Wells, a sixth grader at NECP, enjoyed doing “the bungee” and all of the activities at Friday’s field day.
“I’d say this is the best field day because all the other schools we had to stick to a schedule. This is more of a fun day than a field day,” Wells said. When asked how he feels about the end of the school year and beginning of summer, he replied,
“I’m kinda glad, but I’m kinda sad. I’m definitely coming back next year.”
Megan Fink, third grade reading and social studies teacher at NECP, also had mixed thoughts about the school’s first year coming to a close.
“The school year was great. It went by really fast,” Fink said. “I think it (summer break) is well earned by students and faculty alike.”
By mid-afternoon Friday, Fink was soaked with water from the dunking booth, washing away the remnants of the shaving cream from her “pie-in-the-face” from her students earlier in the day.
“The third grade had donated most of the shaving cream from a project we did, so they were excited about the pie-ing,” said Fink. “It gave them a good break and it was right after the testing, so they needed it.”
Demetrius McDowell, 10, said he’s glad the summer is here, and he enjoyed field day.
“I like the people getting dunked,” he said.
Parents joined in the fun at the field day. Mike Riley of Tarboro watched his 9-year-old son Landon Riley defeat 9-year-old Joey Jenkins in a “jousting” contest with an inflatable sword in a bounce house.
“It’s fun,” Riley said. “They shift around and go to different events. It’s very well organized.”
Riley has three sons at NECP and said his family “loves” the school.
“It’s a great opportunity for this area,” he said.
After a two-month summer break, NECP students will return to school on Aug. 1