Harbor School Students Create Their Own World Cup Day
The World Cup wasn’t only happening in Russia this summer! Students in the Harbor School, a private special education school for students with disabilities, 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, N.J., participated in their own World Cup Day, linking world events with physical activities in their school.
Jenn Bogin, the adaptive physical education (APE) and health teacher at Harbor School and the staff planned the World Cup event, with each class responsible for selecting a country to represent and making that country’s flag.
Students learned fun facts about the country their class had chosen, including France, Croatia, Peru, Great Britain, Lichtenstein, USA, Kosovo, Portugal, Mexico, and Italy.
World Cup Day at the Harbor School included 12 different soccer and agility stations in the gym that focused on fine and gross motor skills, modified so students could participate to their fullest ability. Some of the stations included soccer bowling, dribbling, box drill, celebration (jumping on a trampoline with pom poms), ladder drills, throwing skills, shooting on goal, circle passing, and around-the-world on a scooter, among others.
World Cup Day began in the morning with a parade in the gym, during which each class/country was recognized while their national anthem played. In the afternoon, a bracket tournament style World Cup game took place– one for the elementary students and one for the high school. One class in the elementary and one in the high school clenched the World Cup trophies made by Ms. Jenn, who used a cup, ball, and soccer topper spray-painted gold.
Other events included a cookie station set up by Nancy Congo and her class to decorate cookies with healthy treats. Other Harbor School classes incorporated foods from chosen countries. The PTA generously provided t-shirts for this special event.
For more information, contact Erika Casablanca at 732-541-4400 or email her at ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com.