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5/28/2012 6:48:00 PM
Preschool students celebrate last day of school with field day
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Discovery Gardens teacher Trudy Thomas puts a temporary tattoo on Mason Oberanís face Wednesday afternoon during the schoolís annual field day in Prescott.
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Discovery Gardens teacher Trudy Thomas puts a temporary tattoo on Mason Oberanís face Wednesday afternoon during the schoolís annual field day in Prescott.
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Dominic Butler, 5, blows a few bubbles  during the field day. 

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Dominic Butler, 5, blows a few bubbles during the field day. Matt Hinshaw/ The Daily Courier
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Correction: In this story, Papa John's donated the pizza the preschoolers enjoyed during their field day.

While five Discovery Gardens Early Childhood Center's students lined up for temporary tattoos Wednesday during their field day, one boy showed off a Hulk tattoo on his leg.

"We've been very busy," said teacher Trudy Thomas as she applied a tattoo to another preschooler's cheek. "We have everything from Captain America to Perry the Platypus, and they keep coming back for more."

As the boys chose their tattoos they kept cool under tents set up by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter #3606 of Prescott to provide shade so the students could enjoy the outdoor activities longer, said Steve Gottlieb, Eagles director of special events.

"Last year the sun and heat kept some of the kids in the shade of the doorway instead of outside enjoying all the fun," said Gottlieb, whose son Garrett is graduating from the school. "This year, we made sure there was shade at each activity so the kids could enjoy it all day long."

After students Marley Robertson, Luis Rivera, and D.J. Allen raced on their tricycles, they took a break under the tent's shade and teacher Kristi Allen said they'd been talking about field day all week.

"We do this every year to celebrate the end of school," said Gerry Janssen, director of the school. " The students really enjoy playing outside together."

Jakob Alanis painted with water on the sidewalk, as other students drew with chalk.

A group of children jumped in the bounce house, while others ate pizza donated by Papa John's.

Several students gathered in teacher Polly Burke's classroom to watch "The Fox and the Hound," and snack on popcorn and water donated by Costco.

"They've been coming in, cooling off, having some food, and coming back throughout the day," Burke said.

Children panned for golden rocks in the sand table, while country music played on a boom box nearby.

Damian Gunseth, who will go to kindergarten next year, said he liked playing with the boats in the water table the best.

"Many of the children took part in graduation ceremonies in their classrooms last night," said teacher Stacy Williams. "They were so excited about today, knowing they could choose different activities they are interested in. It's been so rewarding to see them become more confident and independent this year and watch them grow."

After racing tricycles, Jake Reyes-Kett said he was excited to go to kindergarten next year, and classmate Israel Castruita hugged him and said "We're friends."

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