INDIAN LAKE Indian Lake students dont mind going back to school in the least. In fact they eagerly anticipate it. Why? Because the first day of school at Indian Lake Central School isnt just another school day, its a celebration where students can enjoy all sorts of activities, from carnival games and sports challenges to square dancing and even a barbecue picnic!
All students kindergarten through grade 12 participate in the event and follow a schedule where each grade group rotates through all of the various activities available.
This years celebration on Sept. 5 brought smiling faces together for what may have been the best First Day yet.
After meeting at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast, students gathered in the gym for a welcome assembly. Then it was time for a group photo, and without further delay, the fun began.
Out on the sports fields, students competed in games such as capture the flag, washers, ladder ball and a curious activity involving several students trying to walk in unison with their feet strapped to wooden planks.
Carnival games complete with prizes for winners were set up on the pavement. Students could guess how many pieces of candy were in certain containers, fish for rubber ducks in a plastic pool, try their hand at the target throw or soda bottle ring toss, get their faces painted or check out the celebrations most popular event, Soak-a-Volunteer, in which very tolerant volunteers endured repeated student-inflicted drenchings.
Younger children could hop around on inflatable bounce house, and adults could peruse the info tables inside the building, which included a breast cancer awareness display and a drug abuse prevention station. The Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons contributed to the event with a station where students could have a CD made of their fingerprints and photos, a useful tool to help to locate them if they were ever lost or kidnapped.