Silver Creek Elementary hosts Turkey Trot
SILVER CREEK — This year’s Turkey Trot at Silver Creek Elementary School was a success.
“For obvious reasons, we had to change things up a little bit this year,” said Trisha Sills, fifth-grade teacher, of the ongoing pandemic. “We had the event live streamed for parents to enjoy at home since they could not be in attendance. We had beautiful weather and were lucky to be able to keep this health and wellness event going this year in the midst of all that is going on.”
In prior years, the school would come out and sit on the bleachers to watch, but this year only one grade level was taken out at a time to ensure social distancing. Times were kept track of to find the winners of each grade, which were photographed at the end of the event.
The event was not allowed to have spectators, so parents were allowed to bring in posters which were placed outside on the fence of the track to help cheer the runners on.
“Things that didn’t have to change this year include fun music, cheering on their friends, getting some exercise and spreading some Thanksgiving cheer for all that were able to be outside and enjoy a happy moment during all of this,” Sills said. “I affectionately called it our ‘last hurrah.'”
To accommodate the students that are still completely remote, the school included a Virtual Turkey Trot, where they were able to compete as well, on their own.
Many students wore Thanksgiving-themed attire to run in the Turkey Trot, some donning turkey hats, shirts and even tutus. The whole school seemed to have a blast, even though it was not the same as in past years.
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“The event was great even with how different it was not having the whole school out there cheering. We always have some students who are weary about running and will say they don’t want to do it but then the smiles on their faces when they’re done say it all,” Sills said. “I believe a lot of parents were really happy to have some kind of normal for the students out of all of the events that are canceled or look so different this year. I think with the COVID pandemic we did all we could to keep most of what we’ve made of the event the same.”