Tony could not contain himself.
“I’m so excited,” he muttered before school, squirming and fidgeting in his seat. “I’m so excited,” he repeated, strumming his fingers on his desk, still wiggling. “I’m so excited!” he exclaimed, nearly bouncing out of his seat.
What had Tony so fired up? Fifth grade boys night!
Each year, our fifth grade teachers throw a pizza party and night out for the boys, and one for the girls. For students who sometimes never leave the few block radius in which they live and attend school, a trip to the giant indoor play place at Edina’s Edinborough Park feels like another planet. And it allows them to just be kids.
“Some students experience such deep hardship at such a young age,” explained fifth grade teacher Mr. Roff. “Last week for example, students were sharing how painful it is for them to not know their dads, or not have seen them in years.”
“It was so good to see them just running around, being lighthearted, playing together like kids should,” added Mr. Schumann, the other fifth grade teacher. “I love being able to connect with them outside of the classroom, and to see them enjoy good, clean fun with each other.”