Imagine being a kid again and building your own fort – at school – with a bunch of your friends, knowing that you’re going to play games well into the night and then sleep over. What a crazy-fun idea.
Crazy-fun, and the lower school students at Blue Oak made it happen during a special time in the school year called “Breakaway.” Leading up to the week off before spring break, students at Blue Oak get three days to completely “break-away” from their studies to venture off in groups to other pursuits or, as in this case, completely transform the music hall into a creative chaos of cardboard, duct-tape, personal space, and mayhem.
As you can see, students turned cardboard, recycled materials, and markers into an amazing tangle of tunnels, secret spaces, and home away from home shelters. Each one is equipped with sleeping bags so the kids can spend the night. Over the last year, our students had scavenged, salvaged, and rescued all the materials they used to build their forts in anticipation of this day.
Adding to the fun of the sleep over, is an evening of hide-and-seek throughout the lower school building. There to ensure the activities stay safe and reasonable, are Kim Markowitz and (other teacher). When asked if just 2 teachers are enough to keep the kids in hand. And Ms Markowitz replied “It’s all great fun. We’ve done this for the last 4 years and the kids are always good about paying attention to the rules.