Reviving a springtime tradition from the era of one-room schoolhouses, Eugene Field Elementary School on Wednesday held its first-ever Field Day, a just-for-the-heck-of-it gathering for several hundred parents and students featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, games, contests, a dunking booth and even a couple of sun-drenched afternoon naps.
Principal Holly Brady said the purpose of the event — besides giving everyone a chance to have some outdoor family fun on a nearly perfect day — was to convince more parents to become actively involved in school activities and programs.
The midweek party notwithstanding, local elementary students have another seven days worth of classwork before Maryville R-II schools let out for the summer on May 24. Maryville High School seniors are already done, having received their diplomas during Sunday's commencement.
Eugene Field currently serves about 570 children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and employs a staff of 70 faculty and staff.