April 7th, 2010 - Summit 6th Grade Fun!

As the parent of a Summit 6th grader, I offered to take some pictures during the community day on April 7th, 2010.
Sorry about the picture overload, but it was so much fun for everyone with lots of smiles - great day!

I arrived just as the BBQ was finishing up

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Some oh-so-serious grillmasters - thanks for volunteering!

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It was a typical Colorado day - cloudy & cool, then warm & sunny, and then cloudy & cool again!

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Summit kids playing basketball while waiting for ice cream

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Parent volunteers start scooping ice cream

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Needless to say, this quickly drew quite the crowd!

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Roll Call and organizing for the afternoon activities

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Two groups of students head out for an afternoon hike/activity

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Quick stop to tie one loose shoe ... and then the other! ;-)

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After a short hike, a group circle to discuss the team-building activity

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One person will be blindfolded and the other will have to lead them

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Here's the second group of Summit students doing the same thing

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Back to our group - students were great - both the leaders and leadee's

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OK - now everyone swap blindfolds and switch roles

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Fresh Snow on the Flatirons and hiking in short sleeves - gotta like Colorado weather!

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We return back to Summit where these four are having a fantastic time

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Back into the classroom to re-group, take roll call, and go to next activity

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Mr. Seibel explains the next activity - easier to show with pictures

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Other students are blindfolded inside and led out to the basketball court

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There are enough students for two independent activities at the same time

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The blindfolded students are directed by their classmates

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The goal is to stretch the bungees over the bucket and then move it

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But you have to keep it level so the "furry thing" on top doesn't fall off! ;-)

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Last minute adjustment/fix by Mr. Seibel

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Remember, the "rope pullers" are blindfolded - it was not easy - skepticism is justified! ;-)

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Took a while ... and a number of false starts, but one group finally did succeed

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This group did complete the difficult task

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The other group decided to hold the ropes in close

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This didn't work as well as it was more unstable

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But they had more styling blindfolds - good Summit colors!

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The final activity was cutting up some plastic cups to benefit charity

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"Shooting Baskets" with the cups that were finished

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This three-point (half court?) attempt didn't quite go in! ;-)

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Turns out the cups made pretty good flying saucers!

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Summit kids pose after finishing the project

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As I left the school, a group of 7th graders insisted (!) I take their picture ;-)

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Photography Notes: Almost 500 pictures were taken with a Canon 7D & 50D with 17-55/F2.8 and 70-200/F4 lens attached. As implied, the outdoor weather was quite variable as it oscillated between sunny and cloudy - even a few snowflakes at one time - so a bit challenging with the exposures at times. Plus I really don't like blown-out white skies (ditto completely black shadows with no detail), so some of these pictures are perhaps a bit over-processed. For the indoor shots, additional off-camera flashes would have helped, but I didn't want to make a production, so just bounced from the camera mounted 580EXII.

It was a fun event and hope you enjoyed the pictures courtesy of Alek Komarnitsky at www.komar.org
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