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WinterKids challenge final week at Searsport Elementary

Feb 08, 2019
Courtesy of: Searsport Elementary School Fourth-grader Sophie Connor and Searsport District High School freshman Jace Connor pose at the Team Waldo WinterKids Chomper mascot photo booth Feb. 6.

Searsport — Students at Searsport Elementary School wrapped up their final week of WinterKids Winter Games competition with several family-friendly activities at their school on Wednesday, including literacy night, karaoke, and much more.

The after-school programs at Searsport Elementary, District, Middle and High schools, together with the Searsport Recreation Department, collaborated on the event to provide healthy snacks, physical activities, music and literacy-oriented activities.

The night was designed to encourage parents, caregivers and children to get active, eat healthy and share the many creative ways parents can participate with their students to help them gain and maintain strong literacy skills.

Many students attended the event along with their parents or caregivers, and enjoyed bounce houses and a photo booth with their school mascot, Chompers (a shark), as well as Wheel of Fortune and giant Scrabble games, ice fishing, outdoor bowling and volleyball.

Searsport Elementary students are participating for the second consecutive year in the WinterKids Winter Games, which is a friendly competition among schools throughout the state to encourage children and their families to eat healthy and stay active during winter months.

Points are earned for creativity, physical activity, nutrition, family engagement and participation in a winter carnival. The top three schools with the highest points will earn gold, silver and bronze medals, which come with a cash prize of up to $5,000.

Last year, Searsport Elementary School came close to finishing in the top three, but fell short just before the Winter Games deadline. This year, Searsport Elementary students have once again set their sights on gold. Winners will be announced within the next couple of weeks.

Kindergarten student Parker Hafford poses in front of the "Read to Succeed" Literacy Night bulletin board. (Courtesy of: Searsport Elementary School)
Fourth-grader Kate Lancaster sings karaoke at the family fun night at Searsport Elementary School Feb. 6. (Courtesy of: Searsport Elementary School)
Students await their turn to enter the bounce house Feb. 6 at Searsport Elementary School's family fun night. (Courtesy of: Searsport Elementary School)
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