The third annual celebration of “Water Days” was held at Beaver Dam (Ariz.) Elementary School on Friday, Aug. 31.
Early in the morning it appeared that Mother Nature would join in the fun as thunder boomed in the Valley and raindrops showered on the children waiting for school to begin. By the afternoon, a bright sun was shining on the swimming pools and water games which awaited their arrival.
At 2:20 p.m. sharp the school doors flung open, and over 200 children flew to the playground to enjoy water sports as only children can. The top BDES custodian had carefully made sure all sprinklers were up and running. He had also taken care of blowing up the bouncy houses where the children could jump for joy. A myriad of swimming pools which were set up throughout the school yard. And what would a water activity be without those fun and fabulous slip and slides?
“Miss Susan” Burch and her staff contributed by catering the event with fresh hot dogs and chips from her restaurant. Parents were on hand to help out and make sure each student had a great and safe time.
BDES students had plenty say about this fun way to start school.
“Everybody’s enjoying it! There are a whole bunch of sprinklers,” Kimberly Swenson said. Jaden Iverson ran by and shouted, “This is awesome!”
David Marquez was heard saying, “I’m really wet but this is awesome fun. I got soaking.”
Evelyn Santos said “It’s very cool; everyone is having fun.”
Fun is an important part of the education program at Beaver Dam Elementary School. The staff understands the importance of play in the lives of children and that fun activities help to build a community. The children were almost dry when they boarded the busses for the journey home, just slightly damp and smiling from their Water Days celebration.