Hobbies Day was a SUCCESS!
Decatur Community High School held its first ever “Hobbies Day” on Wednesday, April 15. The students had just a half-day of school, so they spent the morning rotating to three different sessions, learning and experiencing some things that their teachers really enjoy.
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Teachers and staff members taught and showed off their hobbies and passions – and hopefully the students learned something too.
Sessions included the following:
Archery – Jason Ketterl
Bird Dogs at Work – Kenny Black
Board Games and More – Gina Witt and Lacey Tally
General Car maintenance and body work – Mark Bricker
Crafting with a Cricut – Jenee Davis
Dance – 2 Step, Swing, Line Dances – Kathryn Tremblay and Jillian Springer
Macrame Plant Hangers – Wendy Scott
Emotional Support Dog – Michaela Coryell
Hydroponic – Gannon Reichert
Learn to Crochet – Libby Fort
Learn to Play Chess – Trevor Williams
Learn to Play Pinochle – Brad Persinger
Learn to Play 4-Point Pitch – Kyle Breth
Ping Pong – Brandon Hardwick and Tim Breth
How to Make Sushi – Jenny Tally and Allison Vahling
Tatebanko – Japanese Dioramas – Ladd Wendelin
Yoga – Kellen Fernetti
Sprint Cars – Terry Ream
Friendship Bracelets – Jillian Springer
According to a survey sent to all of the students, archery and dance were the most popular sessions.
That same survey asked the students to write one thing they learned:
How to make sushi – Spencer Wishon
How to swing dance – Mackenzie Urban
I learned how to do a chain stitch in crochet – Ryllie Lippelmann
That an emotional support dog can help with anxiety and panic attacks – Kyra Sowers
Some plants can grow in just water – Tara Larson
How to play pinochle – Terrence Wahrman
How to play spoons – Serenity Porter
That dancing isn’t as bad as I thought – Keely Huff
I am decent at shooting a bow – Kaden Waterman
How to play chess – Gage Scott
How to shoot a bow – Tony Kuhlman
How to play pitch – Jenna Fortin
I learned about Japanese dioramas – Kelsey Sheats
I learned that I want to shoot a bow more often. I also learned that I love to use the cricut machine. – Hanna Quintana
Car restoration is very interesting – John Burmaster
How to have fun at school – Savannah Morris
How dogs are trained for bird hunting – Aidyn Witt
I learned how to make a plant hanger, and now I’m going to make a more difficult one – Katrina Neal
A lot about sprint cars -Sage Bryan
That I don’t have a clue how to dance – Logan Hayward
I learned a lot about bird dog training – Ana Freeman
That the seaweed around the rice for sushi is called nori – Shakira Cook
That yoga is a workout – Emma Anderson
On a scale of 1 to 5 – with 1 being “boring, let’s not do this again” and 5 being “Great! Let’s do it again,” 44 percent of the students marked “great,” 47 percent gave the day 4 out of 5, and 9 gave it a 3.
“It was a lot of fun and a nice break from school,” said senior Nick Baker.
Sophomore Franklin Smith, “It was pretty sold in my opinion.”
Seventh grader Koen Oien suggested, “We could do this on a whole day instead of a half day, so then we could get more time and maybe learn how to do more things.”
Senior Lily Hendrickson said, “It would be super cool if we did it on a full day of school; that way we can learn more.”
The teachers seemed to enjoy it too. Ms. Davis said, “I would easily do this for an entire day with a break during a session so I could walk around to see what others were doing.”
“I saw a lot of kids with smiles on their faces,” said Mr. Ketterl.
Mr. Kyle Breth said, “I got to interact with students outside my subject area.”
“The students seemed to enjoy themselves and was possibly a stress reliever day for them as well as some of the staff,” said Mr. Hardwick
Mr. Persinger said, “The students realized that their teachers have interests outside of school.”
I liked sharing something I am passionate about,” said Mr. Reichert.
There were several kids in my group that loved the challenge of crochet and want to keep trying it, and there were plenty that found out that maybe crochet isn't for them,” said Ms. Fort. “Either way, they learned something.”
“This was so much fun to just have fun with the students,” said Mrs. Tremblay.
Mrs. Scott organized the event, and the teachers hope to do this again – maybe adding sessions and community members.
“I liked it,” said Mrs. Witt. “I think we could add all kinds of things to make it special for kids each time.”