LONDONDERRY — It’s a time of play, friendship and outdoor exercise.
It’s also a time when school administrators hope to see children getting along, following the rules and being good sports.
At Matthew Thornton Elementary School recently, it was all about recess as the school hosted its annual “Recess Academy.”
The daylong event joined Londonderry High students and elementary children for a chance to play together, learn how to be good friends on the playground,show good sportsmanship, and how to be respectful and kind during games.
The idea for Recess Academy started in 2014 when Matthew Thornton administrators called on the high school’s Athletic Leadership Council for help in teaching the younger students how to play fair and nice on the playground.
That led to about 30 top high school scholar athletes helping to create the Recess Academy program.
The most recent Recess Academy on Oct. 21, brought high school students, along with Leadership Council adviser and reading teacher Amy Downing, to Matthew Thornton to teach and play with the children while offering different activities like kickball, playground chalk, hula hooping, basketball, and other games.
Matthew Thornton Elementary Principal Amity Small said her students look forward to Recess Academy every year.
"Our students love playing with the big kids, they talk about it all year long," Small said. "Kids and adults at both Londonderry High and Matthew Thornton work together to make the magic happen for the day’s coordination, but having such great teenage role models for our kids to play with really is what makes it so special and successful."