Teachers hit the volleyball court to teach good sportsmanship

Sep 9, 2019

Quinn Elementary School teachers and staff stepped out of their classrooms and onto the blacktop for a friendly game of volleyball for an important lesson in manners and behavior. 

The healthy competition on September 9 is an annual tradition at Quinn to reinforce positive behavior during recess, in school, and out in the community. 

Throughout the game, teammates on both sides stopped to high-five, shake hands, and pat each other on the back regardless of what was happening on the court.

“The goal is to show the kids when they’re out here for recess how to show good sportsmanship,” said Assistant Principal Audra Thomas. 

Thomas admits the annual volleyball game is her favorite day of the year. She once played volleyball competitively on the Bridgewater State University team. 

“Really it’s just so much fun, and most of the staff got involved,” Thomas said. 

Even Principal Kyle Grandfield was on the court, dressed in his white dress shirt during the match. Although he did make a few missteps during the game, his teammates were quick to offer up high-fives and pats on the back to reinforce the event’s message. 

“It’s a great year to kick off the school year,” Grandfield said. 

Each teacher reviewed Quinn’s mission and talked to students about positive behavior before the game, so students would know what to expect. After the assembly, teachers talked to their students about what they learned. 

The assembly doubled as a demonstration of Quinn’s upcoming Color Run fundraiser. The fundraiser, set for October 5. 

It will include a run through a one-mile "color splash" course, where participants will be doused in vibrant color. Other activities will include a color toss celebration, demonstrations, bounce houses, community partner tables, music, face painting,  and raffles. 

Visit https://www.facebook.com/quinncolorrun for more information and a link to registration.