On Wednesday, February 5th, Dayton Consolidated School, which is a preK-5th grade school, participated in Global School Play Day. On this day, schools from all over the globe were filled with students engaged in unstructured play. On February 4, 2015, the first year of Global School Play Day, over 65,000 children participating in the first ever Global School Play day after only four weeks of social media promotion from six educators. Last year, on February 6, 2019, on what was the fifth annual Global School Play Day, over 535,000 children from 72 nations participated. “Unstructured play is a vital part of proper child development!”
In a kick off assembly, Dayton students were told of the upcoming day, which was met with a roaring round of applause. Students were each given an opportunity to bring an item from home to play with if they chose (no electronics!). The first such day for Dayton Consolidated School was a huge success. Students actively engaged with each other. There was almost no need for adult intervention as students worked together to figure out any issues that arose. The school also participated in a school wide recess.
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