Hobbies Day #2 was a hit
Students took a break from books on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for the second “Hobbies Day.”
This was an opportunity for students to maybe learn or experience something new or something that their teachers really enjoy.
“Last spring, we held our first Hobbies Day, which was a huge success, so we thought it was worth doing again,” said Principal Brenda Breth. “Our second Hobbies Day was well received by students and teachers, and I hope we can do this again in the spring.”
The day was organized by teachers Wendy Scott, Gina Witt, and Allison Vahling. They asked each teacher to share a hobby or passion. From the teachers’ list, students were asked to choose three activities.
Some of the hobbies that students participated in were astronomy, board games, bowling, making bracelets, and learning calligraphy. The most popular hobbies were bowling, playing cornhole, canvas painting, decorating cookies, and playing ping pong. “But from the feedback I got back from the kids, every session was named by at least one student as a favorite,” said Mrs. Breth.
On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “boring, let's not do this again” and 5 – “It was great. We definitely need to do this again,” 70 percent rated the second Hobbies Day at a 5; 25 percent rated it at 4, 4 percent rated it at a 3, 1 percent at a 2, and no student gave the day a 1.
This is the complete list the students could choose from:
Astronomy with Mr. Bricker
Board games and card games with Mrs. Witt
Bowling with Mr. T Breth
Making bracelets with Ms. Vahling
Learning calligraphy with Breckyn Jensen and Kamryn Oien
Canvas painting with Mrs. Springer
Chess with Mr. Williams
Decorating cookies with Mrs. Tally
Cornhole with Mr. K Breth
Dance with Mrs. Tremblay
Guitar with Mr. Persinger
Keychains with Ms. Davis
Macrame/Plants with Mrs. Scott and Mr. Reichert
Pinball with Mr. Wendelin
Ping Pong with Mr. Hardwick
Pinochle with Mr. Persinger
Trivia with Ms. Fort
T-shirts with Ms. Davis
Yoga with Mr. Fernetti
The students were asked to list one thing they learned from Hobbies Day. These are some of the responses:
I learned how to find a couple of the constellations – Angela Davis
I learned that bowling can be very technical in how you line up and which pins are left. – Reece Grafel
I learned how to play ping pong which I never played prior. Malia Bishop
Mr. Wendelin loves pinball – Gavin Seller
I learned I liked bowling – Parker Stragey
I learned how to play a new card game -31 – Raelyn Bailey
I learned how to play a few chords on a guitar. --Weston Barnes
I learned about a spider plant --Serenity Handy’
I learned how to play cornhole – Jesse Hendrickson
I learned how to write in calligraphy; it was super fun. -- Sierra Davis
I learned about the stars and constellations and how to find them -Sage Bryan
That painting is very calming -- Keely Huff
That I am great at the game Clue. – Shelbi Weigel
You get to learn about people you didn't know --Bella Diederich
I learned how to fade colors with paint --Katie Hays
Calligraphy takes a lot of practice to get good.-- Devyn Stagemeyer
The students also had some ideas for future sessions, such as baking, cooking, playing wiffle ball, photography, spike ball. Some of their suggestions on how to improve Hobbies Day are to make the sessions longer, make the sessions shorter, and extend it to a full day, rather than a half day.
“I had a good time and would love to do this again,” said Katrrina Neal.