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Turkey Bowl 2018

By
Jennifer Watenpool,   Fred L Aiken El Sch
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Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Turkey Bowl 2018
This past November, students at Aiken in grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in the annual Turkey Bowl football game. In the weeks before the game, students were taught the basic football skills of passing, catching, rushing, long and short snap, pass patterns, defense, and making a play book. A letter was sent home explaining the dates and times of the Turkey Bowl. The schedule was switched around so students could have a double period playing Flag Football. Parents were invited and the classes all had a great time. The first day of the Turkey Bowl was a mud bowl. The second day was good and sunny outside. The last day of games, the students had to play inside because it was just too cold outside. We had an official football referee come and ref the games for us. This is one of my favorite Aiken events!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

My classes and student team made their own play books and signs promoting their teams. I typed up the letter to send home, broke the students into shifts, and organized the schedule.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The weather is always a challenge. I always worry about having a football game in the gym. The floor is really hard and the walls are made of cement. The grass is always more forgiving. The mud was a little rough this year, but my fifth graders got very dirty and had a ball. Their parents were there and thought it was great..... I was a little nervous because the kids got gross. But they all brought in old clothes to wear.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

This is an annual event at our school. The students wait to see what homeroom they are in so they know what their Turkey Bowl team will be for next year. The kids and parents love this annual Aiken tradition and so do I !