COLUMBIA — Sunny skies and sixth-graders occupied Cosmopolitan Park on Monday for an end-of-school-year field trip.
Smithton Middle School's sixth-grade "A" team took up the park's Lamb Shelter with music, dancing and packed lunches. In one corner, girls giggled and danced, and boys played card games in another. Although the park's playground was under renovation, students were able to jump on its tires and slide down its slides. On the soccer field, teams made up of students and teachers competed.
The team's social studies teacher, James Scholten, took photos of students throughout the day on an iPad to show at an assembly.
After lunchtime, the music volume increased and an impromptu dance party began. Once kids heard the music, they made the journey from the fields and the playground to join in. Language arts teacher Natalie Krahenbuhl danced along for a couple of songs.
Sixth-grader Shauna Gill used her smartphone to take a selfie with her friends.
Shauna's friends are a diverse group of girls. Shauna was born in the United States but has family from India. Two girls in the group, Hyernhee Sohn and Doohee Kim, came to Columbia from Korea; Deborah Emmanuel emigrated from Nigeria; Eh The Yu did the same from Thailand; and Rebecca Suitha Iang is originally from Myanmar.
Eh The said she became friends with the group in class because the girls were the first to help her after she came to the United States.
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