Winter Carnival Day gets students moving in Perru


PERU — Rain early in the day and temperatures reaching into the 50s didn’t keep the pupils at Dirigo Elementary School from participating in the annual Winter Carnival Day on Friday.

Assistant Principal Crystal Duguay said the school always has a backup plan, and organizer and music teacher Michelle Chick put it into action.

Children were “sliding” on blankets pulled by classmates in the gym, others were working their way through obstacle courses by lying on their stomachs on skateboards, and some were bowling or playing snowman throw in the hallways.

Energetic Cougar Cubs and their teachers were everywhere throughout the school.

Duguay said a similar activity-filled Field Day is held just before school ends for the year in June. Chick also organizes that event.

The Winter Carnival is important, Duguay said, because it gets the students moving.

“We want them to think about getting outside,” she said. “It’s part of our overall program in health and wellness.”