St. Christine’s celebrates end of the school year

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Eighth graders at St. Christine's participated in the Amazing Race during the school's Field Day May 24.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Motivational speaker Jim "basketball" Jones spoke to students in all grades at St. Christine's school May 24 during the school's annual Field Day.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Blind folded students had to try to put a bib on, and then feed fellow student as part of a relay race organzied for eighth graders during St. Christine's annual Field Day event.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.An Amazing Race style series of tasks were set up for St. Christine's students during Field Day May 24, who were broken into random teams.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.St. Chritstine's students participated in a game organized by guest speaker Jim "basketball" Jones May 24 during the school's Field Day event.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker.The youngest students in relay groups had to be fed baby food by the two oldest students May 24 during St. Christine's annual Field Day celebration.


St. Christine’s hosted their annual Field Day celebration on May 24.

Students in all grades participated in games throughout the afternoon, to celebrate the end of the school year.

“We have been doing this for as long as I have been here,” said teacher Melony Sztary.

During the event, guest speaker Jim “Basketball” Jones talked with each class.

Jones is a motivational speaker, and discussed with the students topics like being kind, and not being afraid to fail.

“You are enough,” Jones said. “You don’t have to change the world, but you can change one persons world.”

After the speaker, students participated in games, and danced to a DJ.

A slide from Austintown Bounce was present at the event, and catering was by Cornersburg Italian.

“We like to have a good time, and make sure that the students get the chance to celebrate the years successes,” Sztary said.

Eighth-graders got a special treat, Sztary said, through an Amazing Race style relay.

“The students are broken into random teams, and they have to complete tasks to find clues to their next location,” she explained.

She said that this was a way for the eighth-graders to work together one last time before moving into high school.

“We like the games to serve a purpose, and be educational as well as fun,” Sztary said.

She said a number of the students going on to high school have known each other all their lives.

“We have a close-knit classroom, so this is a way for everyone to spend the time working together again,” Sztary said.

She said that the event was possible because of the 50-plus parent volunteers who take off of work to help at the event.

“We would not be able to do this without them,” Sztary said. “They make this annual tradition possible.”